Tag Archive for budget

Do You Get What You Pay For?

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Last year I made a motion to not fund an additional Juvenile Court Judge. My rational was that our county population was ~180k and we already had 2 Juvenile Court Judges while Forsyth County (same size) only has 1; Gwinnett County with a population of over 800k only has 3. This was rooted in the…

How Did They Do?

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The past several years I started keeping the campaign material that I received from candidates. With the resignations of Council Members Gibbs and Richards (Tara), I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of the campaign promises made. My guess is that their winning formula will be used by one of…

I Call Tails

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Early voting has started for continuing the tax referendum we call SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). That is with a T, by the way, not shh as in SPLOSH. I have listened to the pros and the cons, the supporters and the opposition. There are some subcategories of both, but first let’s talk…

Pay me, Pay me!

While on my layoff, I received an e-mail of an e-mail that had me scratching my head a little.  The e-mail seemed innocuous at the time because I lacked context; in fact, when I read it, I wanted to give the Mayor of Flowery Branch a pat on the back for his fiscal conservatism.  It…

I Will Raise you Twice

Ah yes, the annual increase in the price of water is upon us.  It appears that the City of Gainesville needs the money.  At least that must have been the recommendation after their retreat.  Luckily for most of us, we pay twice as much for water as a resident of Gainesville.  I would call it…

Your LOST is the Cities Gain

Following up on what Conservative posted, I think it is important to add perspective to the debate.  Conservative pointed out that the purpose of LOST is to provide property tax relief to the citizens.  If you take a look at the County’s budget, you will see that that ~41% of the budget (or ~$36.7m) comes…

LOST and Found

Ok, I’m going to break Local Option Sales Tax (here on referred to as LOST)  down as easily as I can. Point one and most important, “The General Assembly initially authorized the levy of a LOST in 1975 both for the purpose of providing property tax relief for residents and to assist local governments in…

A Budget That Won’t Budge

Life as a drunken sailor… I used to say that our politicians spend our money like a drunken sailor; but that would be an insult to all drunken sailors, because at least a drunken sailor stops buying drinks when he runs out of money.  Our Hall County commissioners are in big trouble.  We know that…