The Road Less Traveled

7/22/2011

Going down this path is a bumpy road

At the end of the commission meeting Commissioner Powell brought up an item from the board to consider. Evidently there is a driveway that the county owns at a school that needed repaving. The Board of Commissioners offered a deal to the School Board to provide the equipment and labor if the schools would pay for the material. The School Board decided to patch the road for now.

Immediately there was feedback about the need to increase property taxes so the county could pay for these types of items. I agree that fixing roads is a fundamental responsibility of the County while teaching children is the responsibility of the school board. But is this a road and who should own it?
Trying to find the Sardis Sports Complex is difficult.  In fact, the hall county parks and leisure site doesn’t even list it under their online parks guide.  It appears to be a gym that was built out with tax dollars from the Board of Commissioners, primarily for the use of the Schools. The more I look, the more confused I get. Is this run by the school or is it run by the Parks and Leisure department? Is this going to be one of the areas that they look to privatize, or not. And why are the Board of Commissioners building facilities at schools when they should be maintaining roads?

This looks like some of the wasteful spending that the Truth has been talking about since we came on line. Yes, there are those that want their taxes raised, but shouldn’t we know how are taxes are being spend now? Am I paying for a school gym? The last time I checked, my school taxes were twice as much as my county taxes. Have we been funding school operations with money that should be used on roads?

Cry away. I want my taxes to remain low and you can patch your own holes in your driveway.

Hugh Hall County Akston

  1 comment for “The Road Less Traveled

  1. Hugh Akston
    August 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Update: This was taken up in the last meeting. Commissioner Powell made the motion with Scott Gibbs making the second. Unbelievably, Lutz, Bell and Oliver voted it down. I will have to go back and check my numbers. I don’t think the Lutz, Bell, and Oliver combination has ever been seen. Maybe we have a new Gang of 3.

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