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Blairsville, GA

INVESTIGATION: Judy Spiva / Missing Money / Coverup

QUOTE who="Maybe "]pretty sure Louise and Susie are sisters[/QUOTE] I haven’t posted for a while. Nevertheless, when I do; I post under the registered Name and logo Maybe- Those who know my postings will recall that I don’t mind spirited debate, however, just a word to disclaim, denounce, and disown the imprudent words of Maybe imposters, newbies, wantabees, or possibly just clueless imps. Before throwing a variety of names around; Maybe one should be certain as to that of which they speak. After all, at some point, everyone will reap the consequences of their action(s).  (Mar 18, 2013 | post #154)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

(continued) The Board of Education receives Local Property Taxes (dwarfing City/County Taxes), E-LOST, SPLOST, Georgia State LOTTERY Monies, grants, and many other sources of funding of which most of us are unaware (TaxMan HELP). And we continue to be told with all the millions flowing into just our small community for Education, we are unable to provide, the basics of education for our children. In this long depressed economy, we are told Education Administrators must continue to receive six (6) digit salaries each year with raises as well. That Georgia Teachers, now well above the National pay scales, should not be expect to participate in limited furlough days or other job saving moves, as those in other profession equally vital are suffering through. No, something is seriously wrong with this picture. Audits (outside – Independent AUDITS) need to be demanded, conducted and completed before we approve another penny to be spent outside our full knowledge, approval, and oversight. Show us what we have paid for – that is to say scholastic achievement, average comparisons, those things showing a competing or above average accomplishment for our students, not questionable gyms, Astroturf, and the addition items recently listed upon the Board’s WANT list. In today’s economy we are more interested in our NEEDS list. I continue to be anticipative the people of our community and those community minded organizations concerned about the ELOST will host meetings including open debate having concrete information for the electorate prior the Mid-March anticipated VOTE.  (Jan 29, 2013 | post #128)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

This post by TaxMan is certainly worthy of reposting. Sadly, it appears many people simply don’t seem to care how their money is spent (read wasted) or just care more about trivia, playing and fun and games. Maybe, it just goes to show that less and less of us are actually working to provide these things for those who apparently aren’t concerned about working and paying for the constantly increasing, never ending taxes, wasteful spending and continuing abuse. (continued)  (Jan 29, 2013 | post #127)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

Yes, I’ve heard many complaining both generally on the street, and over heard from taxpayers from within the offices of the Tax Commissioner, they went so far as to call a Deputy on one poor old man. (before the election of the New Tax Commissioner) Still remains a need for the organization, and consolidation of the information, and someone with the skills of those on the forefront of the T-SPLOST victory.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #106)

Blairsville, GA

Pastors Step Down

My observations were simply that; obviously difficulties are being experienced, inclusive of all concerned. I made no effort to contribute to those worries, or to suggest any possible blame. Everyone makes their own decisions. Once their decisions are made, why beat a dead horse? The well wishes were for healing, and what I trust is a need to get beyond whatever the concerns may be. Just don’t see the need for all the bitterness.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #63)

Blairsville, GA

Our New Sheriffs Dept

The reference I made regarding “Color of Law” - I ‘m sure you realize was in the statutory context. A good definition that generally conveys the basic fundamentals of violating that statute is as follows: “The conduct of a police officer, judge, or another person clothed with governmental authority that, although it superficially appears to be within the individual’s lawful power, is actually in contravention of the law.” So, there appears to be no disagreement. Also, you make a valid point, regarding the Fire Service. The latest trend/fad is a combination of Fire and EMS services. Similar to Public Safety Communities that combine Fire, EMS, and Police. Controversy surrounds the benefits and liabilities of such various combinations to the point of frenzy. I can tell you from experience in each field, each is a specialized, specific, and all-consuming profession. You can make a full commitment to either, and achieve excellence in that field, but it isn’t possible to achieve excellence in them all. Therefore, an agency combining the professions improperly eventually does a disservice to its community and those employees. Ultimately creating a situation of attempting to be a jack of all trades unnecessarily results in man power shortages, safety concerns, and catastrophic conditions for both the public safety personnel and the public. On the budgeting side of the equation, if the budgeting for each agency isn’t independent, one branch will normally dominate the other(s) take the lion's share of funding and leaving the remaining service(s) inadequate. Here in Blairsville, currently our Fire and EMS coordinate to a limited extent. The potential problem is: Now firefighters are required have EMT certification, in addition to firefighter certifications. Thus, they are First Responders. So therefore, the Fire Department, depending upon local, regional and state requirements are obligated, if certified, to respond to certain “First Responder Medical Calls”. Upon answering such call the fire apparatus must be out of service. Thus, even if you are across the street from the Fire Station, a Fire apparatus from another Station (area) would have to respond to your fire. Needless to say the delay could be fatal. You have now created a situation where each certified fire apparatus having EMS certified First Responders now having First Responder Events supersedes Fire calls of any nature inclusive of Structure fires. In due course, the fire service diminishes, as the EMS utilizes the First Responder mandates to take advantage of the fire service as their primary assessment vehicles, and delay the use of the Ambulances for the more profitable private transports.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #119)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

Thanks for your reply. The current concern and focus is upon the upcoming E-SPLOST. I understand it will be up for a vote of renewal soon. In my view, it appears vital for the community to obtain reliable, factual, and verifiable information for community adjudication resulting in the possible denial of renewal, unless or until more responsible, dependable, and transparent administration of funding and projects completion. If you haven’t read my earlier posts upon this thread, I trust you will. It appears to me an effort such as that launched locally to defeat T-SPLOST could succeed provided those who contributed to that effort would participate.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #103)

Blairsville, GA

Pastors Step Down

Just a couple of thoughts. Why the aggression? (Rhetorical question) If this isn’t your Church, is there sincere concern, or just nose problems? Most well-meaning people would simply wish them well in what could be a difficult time. If it is imperative to know everything about that Church or Pastor, why not just have the decency to ask them face to face?  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #60)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

Warning: Don’t be sidetracked by futile distractions. Time is of the essence. Consider this as an appeal to those with concrete, verifiable, and reliable factual information to share that evidence.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #101)

Blairsville, GA

ATTENTION Union County Tax Appraiser's Office

Topix is really problematic today.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #92)

Blairsville, GA

Our New Sheriffs Dept

Sometime one must make tough decisions. If you are a man of honor, plus a professional Law Enforcement Officer, you must take your stand upon the Law. Illegal orders may be refused, and of course, all Constitutional Lawful orders must be obeyed. If you are unwilling or unable to accept that responsibility you simply don’t need, or deserve to be in Law Enforcement. Each man signing that letter was personally responsible for knowing the law. The Former Sheriff also had the same responsibility. The letter to which you refer, and the signing and publishing thereof (under color of Law) was clearly a violation of Federal Law. Each Deputy at that point in time had a decision to make regarding his/her participation. Any questionable signature could have been refuted at that time. Sure there would have been risks for each individual, nevertheless, each made a decision to abide by the law, and rely upon a process of vindication, or ignore the laws they were sworn to uphold and suffer the consequences. It’s really just that simple. Sheriff Mason’s decision’s, I trust, were based upon verifiable evidence of duress, documented for any potential defense processes, and appropriate actions taken upon each case.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #114)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

Ok. I was of the understanding that a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was somewhat different in nature than a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST). Possibly usage designation, I don’t know. Nevertheless, the issue at hand is defeat of renewal, should abuse, misuse, and/or misappropriation be evidenced, and the Community determines to deny renewal, until or unless more reliable and transparent administration of the funding and projects are acquired.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #99)

Blairsville, GA

Our New Sheriffs Dept

I find it rather revealing when new or different posting names appear, opening with only negative remarks, and not exhibiting enough intelligence to offer, or attempt to offer, even a shred of evidence, or minimum factual content upon which they arrive at their “opinion.” It makes it pretty easy from the start to identify them as being scandalous, having only the desire of nothing more than attempting to stir up trouble and discontent. I think many well-meaning posters quickly recognize those who are unworthy of being taken seriously.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #112)

Blairsville, GA

1% sales tax for board of education

Excellent points. We often forget that each of these specific additional revenue raising taxing schemes were originally sold as temporary measures supposedly for particular projects over explicit time frames and expected to expire. The idea being that the normal budget would not be affected or could is possibly reduced upon the completion of the project and the term of the temporary 1% tax. Of course, as we have seen, and should have known – NO TAX IS TEMPORARY. You bring another point to light, what is the proper reference to this tax? Is it ESPLOST or as you identify as ELOST? I would think depending upon the legislative mandates it would make some difference. Again time is short if we, as a Community, find it necessary to deny its renewal.  (Jan 22, 2013 | post #96)

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