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This is great news. I am so happy to hear that my mortage payments will, once again, increase. Oh, the joy of home ownership. I see so many property tax appeals on the horizon. I'm not surprised after the city administration announced that it could not find $1,000,000 of taxpayer funds. Could these misplaced, or lost funds be a result of partying with Chinese government officials who recently visited our city? What does the city auditor have to say about this? Or, is she taking "one for the team"? This scenario reminds me of the Carolyn Brown fiasco a few years back. Oh please, please don't cut the great "money making" bus service that the city squanders funds on annually to pay salaries, and all related business expenses. This would save money and possibly eliminate the tax increase?Too bad the bus service has no riders. Yep, there is always a seat for you on this "white elephant"! So, in closing, I am so proud of the city, mayor, city council, county commissioners, assessors, and all our various elected, "tax and spend us into oblivion", representatives for increasing my financial burder. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, bye the way, how's the marina coming along, and the dinner theater? You know, the important things that you want for yourselves, but does not benefit us working class taxpayers that you are supposed to represent. Now, on a more serious note, put a few bucks into the Liberty county animal shelter, and help some struggling, unwanted animals. That's a shame. Anyway, way to go Hinesville elected representatives! After all, it's all about you.


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up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 14:38 PM

Hinesville had the opportunity to vote these jokers out of office. Instead it sat on it's butt during the election with less than 10 percent of the voters voting. Hinesville has the leadership it deserves. And come the next election, the same people will sit at home and the same people will remain in office.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 15:17 PM

Good suggestion on the animal shelter. It is as abused, neglected and unwanted as the animals themselves. Our elected leaders built themselves palaces for a City Hall and a Justice Center, and they've rebuilt or renovated just about every other city government facility. But the ones that need it MOST are overlooked or taken care of LAST.

They ought to house the stray dogs and cats in the palaces and put the city government in the "huts" out there off Airport Road.

Sheran commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 18:47 PM

"How Sweet" Just read Sundays paper. Hinesville is getting a "NEW" library... The last sentence really got my attenion! Meetings are not open to the public.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 19:40 PM

I do know they have been putting aside money for it for at least the last five years for a new or expanded library. We really do need one as the one we have is too small to really meet the communty's needs. As this will be open to and used by the community, I don't really have an issue with it. Unlike some of the other self indulgient building that they have been doing.

Sheran commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 20:25 PM

Yes, I agree you need it, but can the tax payers afford?

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 20:42 PM

Considering the children both in school and preschool plus the number of adults who use in on a daily basis, can we afford not to? It is money better spent than the money being spent on Bryant Commons,

WhatsHotLips commented on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 23:44 PM

The jokers in office to me are embarrassing for this community, but the community doesn't seem to care... Never have I seen such a place where people (sheep) just continue to blindly follow... STUPID!

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 09:15 AM

up2, I don't know for a fact but I have been told that Bryant Commons is being paid for mostly by the family of the late Glen Bryant.

Why don't some of you research that and enlighten the rest of us.

I for one think Bryant Commons is a good thing and I feel like the community is fortunate to be getting such a fine facility for the public's use.

bootstrap01 commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Good morning Timeontarget. We have to disagree here. Bryant Commons only benefits a small, but wealthty, group of citizens in Liberty County. 99 % of Liberty County citizens will never see or use this facility. I'd say Okay, that's fine, if we all knew it was being paid for with private funds, and "NOT" taxpayer dollars. This project has been somewhat secretive. There hasn't been alot of information provided to citizen taxpayers. To make it really beneficial for everyone, buy each citizen a boat (not a canoe), a place to birth it, pay all fees, and let's all gather at the clubhouse for food, beverages, and shinanigans after a day on the water. As we all know, our elected representatives "do not" represent their constituents, they represent themselves. Once voted in office these ravenous sharks are off on a spending spree that make drunken sailors on shore leave appear as model, penny pinching, citizens. They purchasing things for their own pleasure and enjoyment. This is why our taxes keep rising along with our mortgages! Oh, they did get Hinesville a bus service. Noboby rides the buses. Our commissioners failed to listen, as usual, and ignored the voice of the people, and spent millions on this "white elephant". Now we learn that $1,000,000 is unaccounted for? Whatz zup whit dat? Need I say more?

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

bootstrap, I said I wasn't sure but I've been told. If I can I will learn more about this project.

The million wasn't lost it was a shortfall of revenue or it was an instance of overspendeing.

Simply stated it is a case of living beyound your means as in the case of someone who cannot keep up with his house payments.

Mr Thomas solved his personal case of living beyound his means by voting himself a generous pay raise at city hall at your expense.

Boot, we might not be in total agreement with each other, however we are not very far off.

bootstrap01 commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Timeontarget. I thank you for you input. Evey close friends sometimes don't agree on everything, but they still remain friends. Hope to chat with you in the future. Please have a nice Sunday.

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I think the funding is a mixture of private and public funds. Even if it was totally private I would be against it. They place in in the middle of a residental area where they have had fireworks and will have concerts, Residental areas have noise restrictions for a reason. All of which the city does not have to abide by. My daughter has a intense fear of fireworks and now will not be able to feel safe in her home. not to meantion the effect they will have on the local pet population. No, city hall only cares about itself, not the people it represents.

PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I think people want change but you have to convince them that change is needed. You want change the mind of people by bashing the people they've grown to love and respect..If you want change start an aggressive grass roots out reach program in areas and show them what change looks like...I don't want to hear that my teacher is not good when she is the only person that's taken the time to show me how to add and subtract...but if you introduce me to a teacher that introduces me to multiplication and division...I can now look at my old teacher and say she was good for then but I there's more out there...Those people I'm talking about aren't reading blogs or the coastal courier.....

sebekm commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 13:15 PM

"Those people I'm talking about aren't reading blogs or the coastal courier....."

That's a point that YOU should keep in mind. There is little opportunity to cause change here. This is not really the forum to get anything done. This place mainly provides an outlet for VENTING and PONTIFICATION. If you want ACTION, get out and do something/contact the key players involved in your gripe.

But don't misunderstand the comments, vents, complaints, arguments, etc., that are made here as ones which are actually designed to cause action. The "veterans" here understand this, and post to communicate an opinion or disagree with another basically just for the enjoyment of the exchange of ideas. Sometimes posters ask questions about how to do something, and suggestions are offered.

But don't hold your breath expecting to spur action or create change with a post on this here blog site. It ain't gonna happen.

PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 13:26 PM

I agree..I like the dialogue and exchange..However,I do feel that some changes have been made as a result of some blogs on this site..

sebekm commented on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012 at 14:45 PM

I think any changes that occurred were probably just a coincidence.

bootstrap01 commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Sebekm: Your post is absolutely correct. I do realize that conservatives are a tiny minority in Hinesville & Liberty County. We have no impact on elections. Years ago, I advertised a protest, well in advance against our school board's decision to raise their portion of taxes. A total of 3 individuals took part. Incidentally, two were active duty military, and one a military retiree. None one of the local folks took part. Nobody cared at all. Anyway thanks for your observations.

sebekm commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

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Graeme245 commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 14:32 PM

I wonder how easily Hinesville's budget shortfall could be made up if Hinesville allowed for Sunday beer/wine/alcohol sales. I believe that the city and county are missing out on a great deal of revenue.

It never fails I have to run into Wal-Mart at some point on a Sunday to pick up an ingredient to complete the dish I'm planning for dinner(instead of driving into post)I always see at least 3 individuals with beer & wine in their shopping carts knowing full well they won't be buying it. I don't care if they want to watch a football game, grill out in the yard, & sorry the argument that it's Sunday isn't holding water any more 'cause people work 7 days a week now.

I guess what I'm saying is there are ways for our elected officials to consider filling the coffers without placing all the burden on the same set of property owners AGAIN!

sebekm commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 14:49 PM

Good suggestion, Graeme. For some reason, I keep thinking that we had beer and wine sales on Sundays on the ballot a couple of times. I thought I saw the measure "winning" (getting more than 50%) one time. I guess I didn't know what I was really voting for. (I did vote for it - whatever "it" was.)

Graeme245 commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 14:55 PM

The Town of Flemington has Sunday sales at Appleby's passed by a wide margin I want to say 90% however the rest of the county & towns are without Sunday sales.

Graeme245 commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 14:57 PM

Opps! meant to add what you probably remember was the amendment to the state law that individual locals can seek alcohol sales.

sebekm commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 15:03 PM

I found what I remembered by searching this site. Back in 2008, there was an item on the ballot for Sunday sales of alcohol in Liberty County restaurants. Except it apparently was more restrictive than I thought. See:

http://coastalcourier.com/archives/7873/

The operative parts read:

"Liberty Countians Tuesday voted in favor of allowing the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants on Sundays."

and

"The ordinance will only affect unincorporated areas of the county, which, according to Brown, does not impact very many restaurants. "We only have one or maybe two restaurants that are unincorporated. Most of the restaurants are in incorporated areas."

sebekm commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 15:11 PM

They just ought to let people buy it on Sundays. After all - those who want to DRINK it on Sundays are going to drink it. They'll just stock up on Saturday. Why make it difficult for those who forget or run out?

I'm not sure how much additional revenue would be raised by enacting the measure, if those who want it on Sunday are now just buying it on Saturday. I guess if you believe more revenue would be raised, the thought would be that more booze would be bought (increased alcohol consumption by volume), as opposed to people just stocking up on Saturdays.

up2sumptin commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 16:24 PM

Don't get me started on this subject. >:(

sebekm commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 18:43 PM

Wazzup?

bootstrap01 commented on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 20:15 PM

Along, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I used to think that I could drink more beer and alcohol than the breweries could produce. As determined as I was it was a slow painful learning process to find out how wrong I was. These days, 1 drink is too many, and 6 is not nearly enough. I avoid it.


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