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If any feel like they aren't paying enough tax then there is an easy fix. Donate to the county coffers. Many, many have not seen the lower property values and tax bills that the above posting notes. These upper end Baxter employees the county is trying to recruit to Newton aren't stupid. They look at tax rates before they relocate. My family looking at buying a 2nd home in South Ga. We're looking at tax rates, unemployment numbers, school performances, crime statistics among others. These baxter employees will be looking at the same.
Eddie please stay after class and write on the chalk board 1000 time that you will never again break BOE meeting rules by bringing a motion when one is already on the floor. These teachers are trying to teach our students to follow rules and you come out and break one right out in front of them.
I see now why many thought we needed a full time county mgr and fulltime commission chairman. It must be to find ways to spend money and raise tax. Yes county mgr if you can't balance the budget with what you have coming in cuts need to be made. That is what we as citizens and families and business do every day. When revenue fall short we cut spending. Newton citizen can you post the true millage rate? It is above 10.93 when you add the additions such as hospital etc. I believe it is somewhere well North of 12. Most counties already add this to their totals. So if they go to 14.09 the true number will be North of 16 mills. And can we really believe numbers coming out of the tax assessors office ? The school board have had to adjust numbers several times due to adjustments from the tax assessors. We need to hold the line on tax until all this proposed Baxter revenue start coming in. Have you ever seen property tax lowered in this county? Once they raise it is raised for good. 22 mill in school tax plus 16 in Boc tax equals 38 total mills.
Losing money at the recycle center don't surprise me at all. I carried trash to the one at Gum Creek. Counting my vehicle there were 3 vehicles dumping trash. Mine was the only one with a Newton County tag. The other two had Walton County tags. No one came out to even look. Newton County taxpayers are paying to handle trash from other counties.
Any commissioner that would vote for a tax increase during this time should face immediate recall. At least we have one commissioner who understand what the property owners are going through. Henderson should be run out of town for even suggesting the money he is during these times. Hire a public relations officer? Come on- you have a high paid attorney, a county manager, and a fulltime commission chairman. Adding another executive is the last thing you need to do during these economic times.
It is a shame that a mayor of Mr Sheridan's standing, or any mayor in Newton County would have to go to this much trouble to meet with an election board and get an issue of this importance corrected. If the election board refuses to meet with one of our mayors they should be replaced on the spot. No wonder we get 3% turnout in an election in Newton county. Thank God we have a commissioner like John Douglas who will work to correct a problem like this.
I have been very critical of this school board but I hope they make the right decision.Nothing would please me more as a taxpayer and longtime citizen than to see this school system take it's place as one of the top five school systems in the state of Georgia as the support it is getting says it should be. We will not reach that by sugar coating results. I wish we had a survey stating who the teachers think would be the best and go from there. The teachers are the ones who will make or break this school system
@henrystamm- exactly. To say you made improvements you must have a baseline to compare against. With this being the first year of this system there is no baseline. As long as they keep sugar coating there will never be positive changes to the NCSS. With the tax money going into the NCSS, if properly managed, this system should be in the top 5 school systems in Georgia in test scores and the parents and taxpayers should accept nothing less. Oh by the way the high school they are planning to replace continues to be the one head and shoulders above the other two.
The BOE is a lost cause. The train wreck has already happened.
Our leaders wanted uncontrolled growth and this is what they gave us. The only thing that slowed it down was the poor economy; When the economy improves it want be long before most of newton county will become like the Silos. Might be a good time for the newton county sheriff to setup a office in the silo's to get this under control.
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