DeKalb County Govt Spending

DeKalb County Govt Spending

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Curious

Smithville, TN

#1 Dec 13, 2012
Is anyone else worried about the spending spree in our county government? What is going to happen to property taxes? Mike "living the dream" Foster and his liberal cronies need to be replaced with fiscal conservatives.
College Boy

United States

#2 Dec 13, 2012
Curious wrote:
Is anyone else worried about the spending spree in our county government? What is going to happen to property taxes? Mike "living the dream" Foster and his liberal cronies need to be replaced with fiscal conservatives.
What spending and how much do you reccomend cutting? Our property rates are some of the lowest in the state already.
curious

Charlotte, NC

#3 Dec 13, 2012
The multi million dollar community complex, the 200,000 dollar pole barn, pay raises, etc. And having the lowest property tax in the state (which I'm not sure about) is something we should be proud of and try to keep. It encourages purple to move here and invest in or community, wasteful government spending does not.
forgives

Bradyville, TN

#4 Dec 13, 2012
We have one of the lowest tax rates in Tennessee. It is not anthing to be proud of. It speaks volumns about how we feel about building the new schools we so desperately need.
c'mon

Mount Juliet, TN

#5 Dec 13, 2012
forgives wrote:
We have one of the lowest tax rates in Tennessee. It is not anthing to be proud of. It speaks volumns about how we feel about building the new schools we so desperately need.
A new school doesn't guarantee higher degree of education, low tax rate is a world of reason to be thankful. Everyone would love to dwell in new buildings, problem with society is not being satisfied with what you have.
CFM

Smithville, TN

#6 Dec 13, 2012
forgives wrote:
We have one of the lowest tax rates in Tennessee. It is not anthing to be proud of. It speaks volumns about how we feel about building the new schools we so desperately need.
I agree with you. I'd rather pay more taxes and have better schools and public facilities. I don't have kids in school now, but I've seen first hand what kind of shape the high school is in. We need to invest in some of these things to look appealing to businesses and industry. "Low tax rate" is just one thing that business owners look at - they also look to see what all is available for themselves and their workers. At least now we have a place to work out without having to drive to McMinnville or Cookeville.
College Boy

United States

#7 Dec 14, 2012
curious wrote:
The multi million dollar community complex, the 200,000 dollar pole barn, pay raises, etc. And having the lowest property tax in the state (which I'm not sure about) is something we should be proud of and try to keep. It encourages purple to move here and invest in or community, wasteful government spending does not.
This comment is dumb. The complex and pole barn you refer to are already paid for. And the pay raises that amount to no more than $60,000 a year, are long overdue. So whats your problem?
Actually

Nashville, TN

#8 Dec 19, 2012
We should get out priorities straight. While the new county complex is nice, we should have spent the money on new schools and pay raises for county employees. We should take care of the necessities first - education, public safety, roads and employees.

On the bright side, I heard that our new tax assessor had picked up several parcels of land that were not on the tax roles.
College Boy

United States

#9 Dec 21, 2012
Actually wrote:
We should get out priorities straight. While the new county complex is nice, we should have spent the money on new schools and pay raises for county employees. We should take care of the necessities first - education, public safety, roads and employees.
On the bright side, I heard that our new tax assessor had picked up several parcels of land that were not on the tax roles.
WE are going to need a new school in the next 10 years but I'm afraid we will have to float a note and that will drive up property taxes. Same with upgrading secuity and arming a guard at each school, but it has to be done. I wish county leaders would start on a plan.
Just Saying

Nashville, TN

#10 Dec 21, 2012
College Boy wrote:
<quoted text>WE are going to need a new school in the next 10 years but I'm afraid we will have to float a note and that will drive up property taxes. Same with upgrading secuity and arming a guard at each school, but it has to be done. I wish county leaders would start on a plan.
Yes, how nice of you to notice. The Fosterwood Mental Complex was built by "floating a note" - so what is your point?

Property taxes are going to go up next year to pay for Fosterwood.

Which do we need more - Fosterwood or new schools?
CMF

Nashville, TN

#11 Dec 27, 2012
[QUOTE who="c'mon"]<quot ed text>
A new school doesn't guarantee higher degree of education, low tax rate is a world of reason to be thankful. Everyone would love to dwell in new buildings, problem with society is not being satisfied with what you have.
[/QUOTE]
You may have a point. Look at our county commission all the genius teachers, former teachers and married to teachers that are running our county.
Big Sign

Nashville, TN

#12 Dec 30, 2012
So why is DeKalb County out of money?

Why is DeKalb County so broke that the county can't come up with enough money for a new sign for Fosterwood AKA the County (mental) Complex?

Jeez, Smithville has a $4 million surplus!

And DeKalb County is so broke they are have to cut out money for a new sign?

Tax Hike Mike - Mike Foster has raised property taxes twice and then raised it a third time but got the voters to raise the sales tax - and Taft Hendrixson gave ALL of the extra city sales tax (Walmart, Food Lion - all the other city businesses) to Mike Foster for the next 30 years!

And now we are broke again?

Looks like tax hike Mike Foster spent too much money on Fosterwood - the county commission should go ahead and name the county complex after Mike Foster

The "Tax Hike Mike Foster Complex" - As Mike Foster seems to have a compulsive spending complex.
sacred dogs

Nashville, TN

#13 Jan 11, 2013
Nothing in life is free- NOTHING. If you want or need something in this county that surrounding counties have, such as an elementary school WITHOUT mold, simple things like sidewalks (real- not the poor excuse by Wal-Mart), a first-class county building, secure schools, then you mst be willing to pay for them. I am so tired of hearing about the county building and its price-tag. It is a beautiful facility that has been needed for a long time. Why is it that the large majority of people on this site feel the need to bitch and complain about everything. If you don't like the way something is being run, shut your mouth and get in politics.
CFM

Smithville, TN

#14 Jan 15, 2013
sacred dogs wrote:
Nothing in life is free- NOTHING. If you want or need something in this county that surrounding counties have, such as an elementary school WITHOUT mold, simple things like sidewalks (real- not the poor excuse by Wal-Mart), a first-class county building, secure schools, then you mst be willing to pay for them. I am so tired of hearing about the county building and its price-tag. It is a beautiful facility that has been needed for a long time. Why is it that the large majority of people on this site feel the need to bitch and complain about everything. If you don't like the way something is being run, shut your mouth and get in politics.
EXACTLY!!!!!

And as far as the county bldg is concerned, would people rather it be sitting empty and being of no use to anyone and just being ugly abandoned strip shopping center?
Luther

Smithville, TN

#15 Jan 15, 2013
Had the county passed a liquor referendum the 5 or so marinas and handlebars and Maggie's landing that serve liquor and beer 7 days a week thru the premier tourist resort act the taxes would be going to the county. Instead the state gets 100% of those taxes. Thank your county mayor and commissioners for that loss. At least Smithville and Alexandria was smart enough to pass beer on Sunday. Keep the money here.
Double Agreed

La Vergne, TN

#16 Jan 16, 2013
Whats with the seriffs new Tahoe? I mean does he really need a vehicle that big?
Double Agreed

La Vergne, TN

#17 Jan 16, 2013
I meant Sheriffs not Seriffs
You Don't Know

Concord, NC

#18 Jan 16, 2013
Luther wrote:
Had the county passed a liquor referendum the 5 or so marinas and handlebars and Maggie's landing that serve liquor and beer 7 days a week thru the premier tourist resort act the taxes would be going to the county. Instead the state gets 100% of those taxes. Thank your county mayor and commissioners for that loss. At least Smithville and Alexandria was smart enough to pass beer on Sunday. Keep the money here.
You are not qualified to discuss this if you think the county doesn't get their share. They get the same percentage as if they had voted it in or the public had. Nearly $20,000 last year and projected to be more this coming budget year for the county. Do your research.
guest

Brush Creek, TN

#19 Jan 16, 2013
Big Sign wrote:
So why is DeKalb County out of money?
Why is DeKalb County so broke that the county can't come up with enough money for a new sign for Fosterwood AKA the County (mental) Complex?
Jeez, Smithville has a $4 million surplus!
And DeKalb County is so broke they are have to cut out money for a new sign?
Tax Hike Mike - Mike Foster has raised property taxes twice and then raised it a third time but got the voters to raise the sales tax - and Taft Hendrixson gave ALL of the extra city sales tax (Walmart, Food Lion - all the other city businesses) to Mike Foster for the next 30 years!
And now we are broke again?
Looks like tax hike Mike Foster spent too much money on Fosterwood - the county commission should go ahead and name the county complex after Mike Foster
The "Tax Hike Mike Foster Complex" - As Mike Foster seems to have a compulsive spending complex.
You are completely off base and it's obvious by your comments you are nothing more than a hater of mike foster. I give nothing, not one itty bitty bit of your comments any credit.
They are not factual.
If you are such a hater of Mr. Foster and want him out so desperately (and you sound more desperate with each post you make) then provide proof. Provide the public with proof that he's the big bad wolf.
Personally I think you give him way to much credit. ha!
guest

Brush Creek, TN

#20 Jan 16, 2013
[QUOTE who="You Don't Know"]<quoted text>
You are not qualified to discuss this if you think the county doesn't get their share. They get the same percentage as if they had voted it in or the public had. Nearly $20,000 last year and projected to be more this coming budget year for the county. Do your research.[/QUOTE]

$20,000 per month or year? Something ain't right about those numbers. They should be much, much higher.
Watertown doesn't have near the #of business selling beer and they get more than that per month.

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