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“You have the packets that have been provided for you in regards budget,”,
said County Chairman Bill Slaughter, but the taxpayers do not have that packet
for this meeting that was not on the county calendar until this morning, had no agenda, and only popped up
online also that same yesterday morning of this Budget Work Session.
Not on their calendar until this morning, no agenda, and only popped up
online also this morning, the same day of this Budget Work Session.
And even though that says it would start at 8:45, they actually announced
in the main Work Session that it would start at 9AM.
The actual event posting says “There will be no votes taken at these meetings.”
Which probably gets them off the hook for the Georgia Open Meetings Law,
but still doesn’t indicate they want the taxpayers to see what they’re doing.
A Budget Adoption Meeting 5PM before the 5:30 PM Regular Session,
as alluded to at
yesterday morning’s Work Session.
Is this a second Budget Hearing?
Does it count if it’s not advertised as a Hearing?
And it turns out the proposed budget is on the county’s website,
just not where they previously said it would be.
For the budget they will vote on Tuesday June 23rd,
two weeks ago
Finance Director Stephanie Black said:
“This is the public hearing”
What happened to the requirement for two budget public hearings?
The County Chairman said they had $7 million in requests above the expected
revenue, so they had had a difficult time coming up with a budget.
For (some of) how they did that, see the
LAKE videos of the 18 May 2015 Budget Work Session.
Half of this budget hearing consisted of the same presentation from
that previous meeting.
Then County Manager Joe Pritchard
addedContinue reading →
“Once you put in your transfers in and out, you have a balanced budget,”
said Finance Director Stephanie Black.
Transfers in from where?
How does this magic work?
Even the Commissioners had no agenda to look at,
although they did have printed copies of the draft budget,
which the public could only see as it scrolled by on the screen
at yesterday morning’s Lowndes County Commission Budget Work Session,
which was over by 10AM even though it was announced as 8:30AM to 5PM.
However, it is good that they had this Work Session in public.
County Clerk Paige Dukes told Gretchen afterwards that no draft
budget would be available to the public until after two changes
requested by the Chairman were incorporated.
She did not say when that would be finished or when the draft budget would be
available so taxpayers could comment.
She did refer people to
last year’s budget.
The slides that
Finance Director Stephanie Black presented do provide an interesting high level overview.
Other than Commissioners and very few staff,
the only people in the room were VDT reporter Joe Adgie, someone unidentified,
and Gretchen taking these LAKE videos so you can see what happened. Continue reading →
327 N. Ashley Street,
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