Government also rules and meddles in our affairs.
In the last few decades there has been an ever increasing amount of ruling and meddeling and a continuing decline of worthwhile service.
Thoughts: locally I am personally very disappointed in Jason Floyd. A card carrying fical conservative Republican whom I voted for in the last election. Even put one of his signs in my yard. I thought he would stick to his pedigree and fight against more taxes. Yet I see in todays Courier that he would have sided with those councilmen and the Mayor in voting to raise them!!!!
The two dissenting votes were from Democrats, Keith Jenkins and Kenneth Shaw!!!
I just don't get it!?? Jason was supposed to be a breath of fresh air. Or so I thought.
We Hinesville tax-payers are in voter hell. We cannot win, it seems, no matter the party or person we vote to represent us.
This was kind of the point I was trying to solicit. We vote and PAY people to represent us and after the ball drops; here come the taxes. This is serious on a local, state, and national level. The current taxation combined with the projected rise in taxes is devestating the individuals that actually pay taxes. There in lies a majority of the problem. Taxes are not being expanded to affect all, it is passing on further tax burdon to try to finance previous failed policies. It does not seem that the government is searching for ways for all to do their fair share. Its frustrating to say the least as any gains I have received finacially have been taxed at a higher rate. I worked for that, it was not given to me. My reward, and ineffective government and more taxes.
Did the two councilemen who voted no vote to approve the budget???
Can you approve a budget without raising the millage?
I believe the short answer is yes to the first question.
I don't think any answer is yes to the second question.
Let's think about it.
I'm not sure but I think by law the city like the State is required to have a balanced budget.
If that is the case anyone who approved the budget therefore approved the tax increase.
The two Democrats who disapproved the tax increase after having approved the budget are simply grandstanding.
That is if they in fact had voted their approval of the budget.
I think Kenny Shaw has been seen doing this little bit of fakery in the past.
Also I think that the Mayor and Council are non-partisan.
I agree that it is better to have a balanced budget law than not.
If you voted to approve the budget you are the culpret who caused the tax increase.
The vote on raising the millage is simply to facilitate the budget.
Any council person who voted against raising the millage is a clown who does not understand how the government he is supposed to be managing is operated.
I think we all need to get better acquainted with how the millage rate is determined.
sebe I have to differ with you on this.
Research the process for determining the millage rate.
AMAZING!! TOT advising Sebe 'to research the process.'
TOT: it is NOT Sebe that is in need of advice. He does his homework.
It is you TOT whom is in need. But it is not ADVICE that you need. No sirree Bob. You, TOT, need to be caged and studied.
Thanks, I believe we are making some progress.
"but you still have to determine your requirements and then find ways to pay for them."
If an item is put into the budget and approved is there any other way to fund it besides imposing a tax on the citizens?
I know it is simple mindedness on my part but the way it appears to me is as follows.
If the council approves something in the budget and it is adopted it will trigger a tax increase if there are no other sources of revenue.
For a member of the council to approve a budget and then vote against the acceptance of the funds to support it that council person is simply grandstanding.
Such was the case with the two councilmen who voted against the raising of the millage.
Still tho if they voted to approve the entire budget they therefore approved the raising of the millage.
Because they by law (I think) are required to have a balanced budget.
They could have helped to balance it by voting to roll back their salaries to the previous amounts.
I'll bet that the two Democrats who voted no on the millage have been accepting their monthly paychecks.