Budget Work Session @ LCC Budget 2015-05-18

Update 2015-05-18: Still no agenda posted as the meeting starts; not online; not on the outside of the building; not on the inside of the building. Is this legal?

An all-day Commission meeting with no agenda. And no draft budget that the public can see.


Date: May 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lowndes County Commission Chambers
Address: 327 N. Ashley Street, 2nd Floor
Valdosta, GA 31601

The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a Budget Work Session for Monday, May 18, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. For questions please call County Clerk, Paige Dukes, at 229-671-2400 or pdukes@lowndescounty.com

Over on the Finance Department web page, it says “Budget Documents, View Most Recent, which gets you the “Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget” dated June 17, 2014.

Presumably tomorrow morning they’ll be considering the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget. Where’s a draft of it the public can see? County Clerk Paige Dukes and three Lowndes County Commissioners went to the VDT Open Government Symposium in Macon and then held another one in their own Commission Chambers. Yet the local government doesn’t seem much more open on this issue of showing the public what they’re working on, not even when its the budget for where tax dollars will go.