COUNTY IMMUNE FROM FINANCIAL DOWNTURN?
reading letters to the editor recently, one would think that Jasper County is
the only place in the entire State or Country that isn’t being affected by the
continuing economic crisis. TWG has
followed the budget process, the commissioner’s comments, and the articles
written in the paper for the past several years. We’ve compiled a time line of how things have
tax bills go out in October.
are paid in November & December 2006.
Commissioner turns taxes over to county to be used for next year’s (2007)
2006, financial staff uses money for final 2006 expenditures, cutting 2007
scenario, except in October 2007, CFO asks Tax Commissioner to turn over funds
as soon as possible.
paid in 2007 for 2008 operations again are used for 2007, cutting funds for
2 years of this, the County was short at least $750,000 in September 2008. ($500,000 loan authorized and $250,000 CD
cashed in to operate.)
cut backs made, instead County Manager is given 7.79% raise and 4 staff members
are “reclassified,” given a new title, and given additional raises on top of
their 3% raise
worth of paving equipment purchased with borrowed money.
takes trip to Las Vegas for a week.
are hired and studies are to be made.
Attorney paid over $80,000 a year (his rate is $3 per minute and the County
Manager calls him about every detail for any decision to be made. The county has
even been charged for the attorney to review meeting
only thing that will get us through these tough economic times is for the BOC to
have a backbone and make the tough decisions.
Stop spending. Demand the County
Manager have a plan that will cut expenses.
All other counties have cut back, and not just one time, but they
continue to cut.
Manager will look into it just like he has so many other things, but nothing
gets done. The County Manager appears to be a burden to BOC. The ineffective
management of this county has been disastrous.
We elected a new board to do something, and we hope they will follow