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With a qualifying deadline of March 3, 2014, the Pickens County Tea Party extended invitations to all candidates to attend a candidates fair to meet the public and answer questions on their platforms.
The fair was held October 26 at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper.
A crowd filtered through tables set up with candidates’ information and were able to speak to either candidates or their representatives. Candidates who responded included Governor Nathan Deal who had information available. Senate: Senator Steve Gooch who attended, Derrick Grayson who attended, Dr. Branko Radulovacki who was in attendance, Jack Kingston who had representatives present, Eugene Yu who had a representative and Paul Broun who had information available. Georgia House of Representatives: incumbent Rick Jasperse attended. Pickens County Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Jerry Barnes attended as well as Bart Connelly, opponent. Pickens County Board of Education: Incumbent Byron Long was present.
Early voting in Georgia begins on April 28, 2014
“Officials need to prepare plans to reduce property taxes by 30% for the next five years in order to return monies wrongly confiscated under false pretenses.”
When the housing industry collapsed in 2008, the adverse effects were felt in Pickens by spring 2009. Gone were waves of construction workers. Trucks no longer delivered building materials. Out of town home buyers vanished. Empty chairs greeted worried restaurant owners.
Concrete plants, building supply houses and other local businesses saw precipitous declines in store traffic and sales. Banking was paralyzed. Two local banks have since closed their doors. Before 2009 ended property values plunged 30 percent and haven’t recovered. Layoffs engulfed the private sector. The downturn was steep, abrupt and widespread.
In the intervening five years it’s gotten worse. One-third of the buildings in Jasper’s downtown district are vacant. Newer commercial developments along 515 and elsewhere in the county are similarly distressed. Businesses familiar to the community for years have evaporated. Many of those that remain have downsized. Some are barely holding on.
New startups seem to close before the paint dries on the signage announcing their arrival. Many private sector workers have seen incomes disappear. Careers have ended. Part time work at 20 percent of previous take home is the new normal.
Personal and business credit has been destroyed. Foreclosures have been pouring through the Pickens Progress unabated for five years.
CONTINUE READING via Pickens County Budget Meetings, October 21-23. Be There..
The city of Jasper’s 2012 finances have now been finalized and were presented at the council meeting Monday night. The city’s finances, when presented in a businesslike format, show a net position of $3,991,000.
That includes all assets and minus all debts. However, once adjustments were applied including the recent lawsuit the city lost, the beginning of 2013 started with a negative fund balance. The $367,366 judgment shouldn’t affect the current year’s operating budget as it was related to an event that occurred in prior years and was accounted for in that way.
Page 30 of the annual financial report addresses the litigation the city faced in which they were adjudicated to pay those damages. However, those figures may be adjusted dependent upon the outcome of the city’s appeal to the case.
CONTINUE READING via Jasper’s 2012 Finances Completed, Council makes Amendment – fetchyournews.com.
This is the second consecutive Grand Jury to recommend independent forensic audit. Commissioners Jones, Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes were called in the first Grand Jury and gave no explanation where 10 million went from 2005 while Commissioner Jones was sole commissioner. If you count 6 million he borrows from next year’s tax digest you are looking at 16 million dollars that has gone missing. Our county is in a lot worse shape than Commissioner Jones lets on. When you are running 2013 budget off 2014 taxes. I think it is time we had outside audit; someone needs to be accountable.
I intend to vote against authorizing the president to use military force in Syria. The Obama Administration has not provided a clear or convincing strategy for inserting our military into the conflict. I am also deeply concerned about the extent to which al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists are involved in the rebellion.
President Obama has made clear his opinion that this situation does not currently present a direct or imminent threat to the United States. If a resolution to authorize force fails to pass, the president must refrain from engaging militarily in Syria.
The city of Jasper was dealt a harsh blow today when a jury decided in favor of a plaintiff regarding storm water damage.
Future Capital Holding Corporation filed suit in November 2009 against the city for approving development plans for an apartment complex and adjacent senior living residences then failing to follow through with their responsibility for providing a proper system to handle rain water. As outlined in the original complaint, the water flows openly onto a portion of “usable” land owned by the management company effectively making it a dumping area. As a result, the suit reported,
“For FCHC to remedy the nuisance itself would require the loss of .46 acres of otherwise usable land and would further require significant investment to solve a problem caused by the Defendants.”
As they had planned to develop the land the alleged the city owes them for the loss of use and future profit, further stating the city receives a benefit by their de facto usage of the property as a detention facility.
In July 2009 FCHC provided written notice of their demand for compensation prior to filing suit. They asked for $208,450.69 plus pre-judgment interest.
The jury decided today against the city in the amount of $219,975 in actual damages, $39,295 interest and $108,096 in attorney fees for the plaintiff. Neither the plaintiff nor Mayor John Weaver were available for comment.
WILL BE UPDATED AT THE END OF 2013
Year Avg Temp Avg Rain
2003 55.0 67.76
2004 56.2 74.01
2005 55.9 68.58
2006 56.7 56.71
2007 57.8 37.34
2008 55.6 58.22
2009 55.6 84.12
2010 55.8 49.58
2011 56.6 59.12
2012 57.7 48.18
2013 53.7 60.24 (incl the 5.94 from latest storm [AUG])
TONY ORTA, A RESIDENT OF PICKENS COUNTY, SPOKE TO OUR LOCAL TEA PARTY IN AUGUST 2010. THESE TWO VIDEOS ARE WORTH REVISITING!!!!
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