Brad Shealy from the District Attorney’s office called back.
The reason there was no decision at day before yesterday’s
Grand Jury meeting was there were no applicants.
He said qualifications include you must be 18, a high school
graduate, and a property owner, presumably meaning real estate.
Plus you have to go to Tifton or Athens for a 40 hour course.
Which he said is better than it used to be when the only
location for the course was Athens: Tifton is close enough
to drive up and back daily.
If you want to serve, please contact the Clerk of Court
(see below for her number).
When will new members be appointed to the Board of Equalization,
who are the candidates, and how are people to know?
Maybe you’d like to volunteer.
If so, send your resume to the Clerk of Court (not the County Clerk).
Apparently you have about two weeks.
Lowndes County is looking for volunteers to be members of the Board
of Equalization (BOE). The purpose of the BOE is to hear property
tax disputes between the Lowndes County Board of Assessors (BOA) and
property owners. The board must not be biased towards the Lowndes
County Assessor’s office or the taxpayer. It hears evidence from
both sides and decides, based on the evidence presented, what the
value of the contested property should be. The board may:
A day after a yearlong investigation into DeKalb contracting was
made public — a report that detailed a culture of corruption
that permeates county government — DeKalb commissioners say
they will review how the county is governed and seek changes.
A special purpose grand jury investigating contracting in DeKalb’s
water department recommended the county get rid of its CEO form of
government. DeKalb is almost singular in the authority it gives its
CEO, a countywide elected official who runs the day-to-day
operations of Georgia’s third-largest county.
That authority, according to the report, was used to steer tens of
millions of dollars in contracts to favored vendors. Suspended
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been charged with extortion for
allegedly strongarming vendors into donating to his campaign.
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May said the county will review its governing
structure over the next 30 days and propose some recommendations on
how to improve operations, especially contracting.
I commend the VDT for its persistence in pursuing requests for information
on many subjects. However, as John mentioned some subjects such as CUEE
don’t seem to elicit the same due diligence in pursuing true facts. The
VDT continues to support CUEE agendas even though it has been well
established that the CUEE committee did not follow true priority of law
when it ignored the
1983 GA constitutional law requiring all involved
systems in a consolidation action be allowed to vote. CUEE still persists
in following a 1926 statute that says only city voters are allowed to vote
& the VDT continues to support their efforts. It seems to me a failure to
acurately report all facts exists for both the CUEE committee members &
the VDT staff.
Since a costly voter referendum action has been activated
& supported by both entities in spite of & in the face of priority of
law objections it is my opinion a crime or crimes have been perpetuated
upon the citizens of Lowndes Co. & a Grand Jury investigation should be
convened to address these criminal actions.