I am not at all surprised. When you spend like a drunken sailor on his first shoreleave what do you really expect to happen?
The article is here: http://coastalcourier.com/section/139...
I certainly hope the Jekyll, St. Simons, and especially the China boondoggles are "non-mandated." Also, if they can afford to find nearly $300,000.00 in "savings" from Liberty Transit, I wonder what the savings could be if they eliminated the "ghost buses" entirely? Finally, the article says: "the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 still was $18,101 from balancing the general fund." Hmmmm...that sounds like just about the cumulative amount that the SNEAKY PAY RAISES added to the mayor's and the city council members' salaries when they tricked us out back in 2010.
And they still had the audacity to "possibly" opting to raise our millage rates to further compensate for their mis-management. AS I said before on these pages and in the Coastal Courier...that unless we vote them out it will only get worse. If we cannot get them out then every orifice on our body is subject to violation, not to mention our wallets down to the clothes on our backs.
I've lived here all my life except going off for some learnin' and this is the worst it has ever been and getting more so.
Their plan to deal with the budget deficit calls for a tax increase of 1 mil. They didn't ask me before they built the Taj Ma City Hall, or spent $10 million on "Bryant Commons", or bought all those ghost busses, or took a trip to China, but now that they have spent a million more than they have in the general fund they want to raise my taxes to pay for it all? Come on guys. Just call your buddy in Washington and have him print you some more money. It seems to work for him.
Yes they did ask you, The people of Hinesville elected them to spend YOUR money as they see fit. The only way to change it is to voice you opinion, here does no good, and vote them out.
But then again during the last election, the same people everyone complained about WON.
Hinesville has become with all due respect to our military men and women, a transient Army town with no soul except for the almighty realtor dollar bill.
The three Taj Ma Halls and all that work for them and kin to them and owe them a favor have taken Hinesville hostage.
We are out numbered. And I am a local.
At the risk of offending our military retirees who participate on this site, Jimmy Mack you are absolutely correct in every letter of every single word of your post above.
I say DITTO.
I am a military retiree, and I see nothing in Jimmy's post above which was intended or could be perceived as offensive to "our military men and women" - retired or active duty. I'm sure that based on what Hinesville was before Camp Stewart - it certainly IS a "transient Army town" whose population probably IS hooked by "the almighty realtor dollar bill." If I was a realtor, I would probably be offended. As a military retiree, I've learned to face facts.
Now as to whether Hinesville has "no soul" - I'll leave that to the folks in whose area of expertise souls fall. In any event, I'M not a "transient" and I haven't personally contributed to any local "almighty realtor" for more than 30 years. I intend to maintain my personal status quo. The only place I'll be moving to is a local cemetery; hopefully not too soon.