August 20, 2006
with No Answers from Commissioners or County Manager
During the agenda
comments and general comments at BOC meetings, questions
are raised and directed to the BOC and County Manager. Individual
Commissioners are also questioned outside the meeting setting.
Here are some of the more recent questions that have been
asked with no answers received.
1. Are the Animal Control officer’s kennels down yet? Do
you think the Code Enforcement officer, her supervisor,
will do anything about them? The BOC voted against the kennels
and pet dealer application over a month ago.
2. How much is it costing the taxpayers to have a deputy
stand at the BOC meetings to help the Chairman conduct the
meetings? Isn’t the job of the deputy to “Protect and Serve”
the public, not to be at the call of the Chairman?
3. How much additional cost is it to the taxpayers if there
is an emergency and another deputy has to be called in while
the deputy on duty watches over the Commissioners and (maybe)
4. Why does the Code Enforcement officer drive the county’s
4x4 F250 home everyday, including week-ends? When is the
resolution in force addressing county vehicles going to
5. Why does
the Recreation director drive his new truck home? The county
manager says “he needs to because he carries things back
and forth.” Back and forth to where? There’s only one Recreation
Department in the county! Again the County Manager is not
enforcing county policy that is in effect and the BOC isn’t
6. Why hasn’t
the county car been fixed? The County Manager said that
“it was only a scraped bumper and there was nothing to fix.”
Would he let his car stay that way?
7. How can Commissioners
vote on a millage rate and never even look at the department
budgets or go over them? Something tells us, there will
be unseen problems ahead!
8. The County
Manager told the Commissioners that he hadn’t worked on
the budget because he was helping the auditors with the
audit and had (has) personnel problems. How did the previous
County Clerk and ONE other person get out MONTHLY financials,
help the auditor, AND prepare the budgets in a timely manner
year after year (up through 2001)? There are now 5 people
in the office and it can’t be accomplished. Why not?
9. Why would
the Chairman ask the County Attorney if there had to be
a quorum at the PUBLIC budget hearings? Could it be he would
have no answers and no idea of what the budget figures meant?
10. What happened to the public hearings concerning the
EMS/Fire Consolidation? The area being served now “on a
trial basis” is where THE Chairman and County Manager reside.
Is this expensive proposition moving forward serving one
particular area while all taxpayers pay for it?
11. And the
biggest question of all, what happened to all those campaign
promises of open government and listening to the citizens?
That has turned out to be a campaign ploy.
are anxiously waiting the answers!
** To keep the taxpayers of Jasper County, Georgia informed
as to where and how their tax dollars are being spent.
** To keep the taxpayers abreast of local policies and
laws being discussed and enacted.
** We advocate more open government, less government spending,
and lower property taxes.