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Contacting the Local Government Audit Division at the Office of the State Auditor today I learned that Elbert County was given an extension until September 30th to complete their 2012 audit. They have missed that date and beginning tomorrow, Oct 19th, the state will start withholding tax revenues owed to the county. Stay tuned.....
Primary reasons for my distrust of two commissioners, Robert Rowland and Kurt Schlegel: Schlegel has been on watch for almost 3 years and still can't figure out how to meet state mandated budget reporting deadlines. The 2012 audited budget was due to the Office of the State Auditor on July 31. The county was given an extension. Schlegel reported in a public meeting on Oct 2 that the numbers were at the auditor. Rowland reported in another public meeting on 15 Oct that the auditor didn't have all the numbers they needed to complete the audit and could he please get a recommendation for another auditor. The state may authorize withholding tax revenues if we miss the extension date. The 2014 budget proposal was due Oct 15, by state statute. Nowhere to be found. $15,000 spent on a consultant to tell the taxpayers we're broke and if you don't raise revenues your county services will be severely cut. Incomplete and inconsistent budget information, disregard of state laws, disrespect of county taxpayers, and incompetent hiring and firing decisions lead me to say, NO to ballot issue 1C. Commissioners, resign your positions and save the taxpayers some of their hard earned cash.
Does the county need the money - certainly. How likely are we to vote for it - not so likely. Why? The county leadership has unfortunately shown too many times that its not responsible enough to handle much more than Grandma's jelly bean money. For 2 years in a row they spent money that was sent to them by the state mistakenly (and then had to pay it back - evidently they couldn't figure it out after the first year), for almost 2 years they double-counted income, and then found that certain sections of the county were not being sent property tax bills.
The county leadership has shown, over the years, that they can't be trusted to handle money like adults - with each new group blaming the last. The sad bottom line is that I just don't trust them to handle any money and won't vote to give them more.
Go ahead BOCC! Make my day! Cut away and lets start with the schools and emergency preparedness and follow up with Health and Humans Services! Just say no to any new taxes! We all may be circling the drain but maybe it is some of the commissioners who need to be flushed! The BOCC refuses to make the tuff decisions and instead wants to simpoly just raise taxes as their solution!So the BOCC has spent our last $20k on a behavioral economist to brain wash the public into increasing our taxes? Good job boyz! We all need to come to the meetings with toilet plungers or Drano cans! We always have money for new schools (2 brand spanking new multimillion dollar facilities) social services, emergency managers, new water towers, emergency communications facilities, new jails, etc. but we have to keep coming back over and over to the taxation well for more! I've had more than enough of these shenanigans! Flush!
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