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Cooter

Jefferson, GA

#61 Jul 9, 2012
Piece of work wrote:
Kendall bailed out some of his friends when he bought the mountain land for a rec park. He spent three times what it is worth and will spend ten times the normal cost to develop it. Then he will have forced future commissioners to pay ten times what it should cost to maintain it because it is so steep and muddy. It will cost the taxpayers of Towns County millions over the years. But hey, Bill made some of his friends very happy. Kendall is a corrupt ignorant fool who is losing his mind.
His supporter here with the Hiawassee IP is his coach/nephew who he saved from being fired for dating a 17 year old who he now lives with.
if u don't like him vote for the yankee. you can be one of the 11 votes he gets
All business

Young Harris, GA

#62 Jul 9, 2012
Cooter wrote:
<quoted text>if u don't like him vote for the yankee. you can be one of the 11 votes he gets
What if you don't respect him, or believe he's honest, or know he hasn't done a good job looking out for the county?
Ga Native

Blairsville, GA

#63 Jul 10, 2012
This is a waste of time. The county isn't going to get either a ball field or a park or a park with a ball field or jack shit. The money is gone.
Cooter

Jefferson, GA

#64 Jul 10, 2012
Ga Native wrote:
This is a waste of time. The county isn't going to get either a ball field or a park or a park with a ball field or jack shit. The money is gone.
Gone? Why do you say this?
Georgia on my mind

Young Harris, GA

#66 Jul 12, 2012
Cooter wrote:
<quoted text>Gone? Why do you say this?
The "collateral" used to finance the purchase of the property by the county (plus get a few other little projects started) is the SPLOST tax which was approved by the voters to be used to pay for projects that were outlined, as required by law, when presented for the vote.

It isn't "gone," there just isn't enough, and probably never was because there were no cost estimates ever made public, to complete it/them without receiving a grant from the state OR by raising the necessary revenue locally (property taxes).

We'll be given the choice then of either writing off the estimated $700,000 to $900,000 already spent/committed on the project or ante up more money to finish it.

DoD, especially, has long been famous for funding projects this way.

The upcoming vote on T-SPLOST will be one on the state level. Reports have shown that the money generated from the tax will cover planning and management, NOT construction. That'll be extra. Millions of dollars are being spent on TV and print ads by "someone" promoting the tax. Please, give Kendall credit for opposing it.
Lived there

Blairsville, GA

#67 Aug 19, 2012
Admittedly I don't know much about how buildings or ball parks are constructed but I haven't seen anyone around either (during week-days) for several weeks now. Is this "normal?" Could they be waiting for inspections, supplies, sub-contractors to finish up, or what, or has something happened, maybe to the financing (which is always my first concern)?

No one at the court house seems to know (or care for that matter) but the bank's meter is running on the loans and, IMO, it's time the public should start getting some use out of them.
Selma

Pendergrass, GA

#68 Aug 19, 2012
Lived there wrote:
Admittedly I don't know much about how buildings or ball parks are constructed but I haven't seen anyone around either (during week-days) for several weeks now. Is this "normal?" Could they be waiting for inspections, supplies, sub-contractors to finish up, or what, or has something happened, maybe to the financing (which is always my first concern)?
No one at the court house seems to know (or care for that matter) but the bank's meter is running on the loans and, IMO, it's time the public should start getting some use out of them.
Did you ask Kendall when you were at the court house? Surely he would know the answer to your questions.
Lived there

Blairsville, GA

#69 Aug 19, 2012
Selma wrote:
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Did you ask Kendall when you were at the court house? Surely he would know the answer to your questions.
Yes. He was very vague as only an experienced politician knows how to be. Getting useful and truthful information out of any of them is akin to having a root-canal.

The contractor would be an excellent source, IMO, and I'll ask, if I have the opportunity and time, and can get him to talk to me about what's going, or isn't going, on.

Someone wrote that "government transparency" is merely an illusion, a refraction of truth, an opiate for the masses. How true.

Regardless of what the situation is, what's done is done, the public is financially committed for God only knows how much and for how long, or what the terms (a balloon loan, which is very popular these days?) are and there is nothing any of us can do about it now, except (help) pay for them.
Yoc

Hiawassee, GA

#70 Aug 19, 2012
Lived there wrote:
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Yes. He was very vague as only an experienced politician knows how to be. Getting useful and truthful information out of any of them is akin to having a root-canal.
The contractor would be an excellent source, IMO, and I'll ask, if I have the opportunity and time, and can get him to talk to me about what's going, or isn't going, on.
Someone wrote that "government transparency" is merely an illusion, a refraction of truth, an opiate for the masses. How true.
Regardless of what the situation is, what's done is done, the public is financially committed for God only knows how much and for how long, or what the terms (a balloon loan, which is very popular these days?) are and there is nothing any of us can do about it now, except (help) pay for them.
Yo, Chicken Little, or, given your practice of bashing while hiding, Chicken Sh--, someone wrote that, "The sky is falling." It's not. Grab yourself a balloon, like Winnie the Pooh, and float off somewhere else.
Lived there

Blairsville, GA

#71 Aug 20, 2012
Selma wrote:
<quoted text>
Did you ask Kendall when you were at the court house? Surely he would know the answer to your questions.
As you surely know, politicians only tell you (us, the public) either what you want to hear or they spin the truth if it is potentially harmful (to them), but regardless, as little as possible.

How often do we have to be blindsided and lied to before we realize this?

It's like those cities in California (Stockton and some others) who thought the government was doing a great job, that they were managing taxpayer's money as it should be, only to read in the morning's paper where they've filed for bankruptcy because they'd been secretly cooking the books and omitting showing balloon financing (at usery interest rates) that kicked the can down the road twenty years and into the next generation's sand box for them to pay for and when the state cut back on grants, they couldn't make it.

Governments, big and small, all over the country are financing projects the same way and sooner or later it catches up with the taxpayers - and the politicians who caused it have long since taken their cut, retired and left the scene of the "crimes."

Towns County has virtually NOTHING to show for years of paying property taxes but I'm concerned we, rather our children, are about to get something - debt we never knew was there!

Why is it that the public has to find things like this out AFTER the roof falls in? Why can't politicians be open and honest, like they promise to do - before they get elected?
Are

Hiawassee, GA

#72 Aug 20, 2012
Lived there wrote:
<quoted text>
As you surely know, politicians only tell you (us, the public) either what you want to hear or they spin the truth if it is potentially harmful (to them), but regardless, as little as possible.
How often do we have to be blindsided and lied to before we realize this?
It's like those cities in California (Stockton and some others) who thought the government was doing a great job, that they were managing taxpayer's money as it should be, only to read in the morning's paper where they've filed for bankruptcy because they'd been secretly cooking the books and omitting showing balloon financing (at usery interest rates) that kicked the can down the road twenty years and into the next generation's sand box for them to pay for and when the state cut back on grants, they couldn't make it.
Governments, big and small, all over the country are financing projects the same way and sooner or later it catches up with the taxpayers - and the politicians who caused it have long since taken their cut, retired and left the scene of the "crimes."
Towns County has virtually NOTHING to show for years of paying property taxes but I'm concerned we, rather our children, are about to get something - debt we never knew was there!
Why is it that the public has to find things like this out AFTER the roof falls in? Why can't politicians be open and honest, like they promise to do - before they get elected?
Why can't you stop whining?

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