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There is something that can prevent it...the voting citizens of the county! If these fees are so important, then roll them into the taxes and stop trying to kid everyone that they aren't taxes. While you are explaining why the taxes are being raised, perhaps it might force the county to reassess projects and spending and prioritize...like everyone else has to do their personal and business' budgets.
If the trash companies collected the fees directly for trash service, that would cut the county out. As much as they claim they aren't making money on this trash service policy, they are because they are having to pay for the folks managing all this. I'd like to do away with all this county imposed trash service nonsense and go back to a free enterprise system. Oh, but wait, the county couldn't have their hands in our pockets if that happened.
I totally agree with you "notblind". Not a single drop of rainwater drains off of my house or driveway into the county drain water system, yet every year I'm faced with having to pay this fee. I've raised the issue only to be told "too bad"! It's not an option to not pay it, because if I subtract the amount from the bill in protest, the county claims I haven't paid my taxes in full. Like all politicians, they are talking out of both sides of their mouths. I'm personally glad that these are being separated, because it exposes them for the bogus charges they are!
Although I'm all for efficiency, I'm glad to see that these fees will be separated. Fees such as the stormwater "usage" fee are bogus and by separating them, it exposes them for what they are. I pay a fairly significant amount to these "services", yet not a single drop of water runs off my property into county storm drains. I've complained about this to the county only to be told "too bad, the fee is mandatory." Although I've not personally tried it, I've been told that if you try to subtract the amount from the property tax, the county claims that you are not paying your "taxes" in full. If the fee is mandatory and I have no recourse in appealing them, how is this not a tax anyway?
This guy is an embarrassment to Georgia. I've seen him speak twice and I found myself cringing throughout each of the speeches. I made it very clear to those who were with me that he didn't represent the district that I lived in.
The county claimed that this service would not (on average) cost more than residents were paying before. I'm not sure what others were paying, but not only is the calculated monthly charge higher for my basic service, but when you factor in how Advanced Disposal charges for lawn waste (grass clippings, leaves, etc.), it comes out significantly higher in my case. Also, the level of service is significantly less than with the service I was getting before. Another poster mentioned the issue of trash outside the bin. I've had the same issue. My previous trash service would pick up anything left at the curb. Advanced will only take what's inside the bin and will drive off leaving everything else behind. I'm not at all happy with the new plan. I'd like my old service back!
I really hate to see how this young man has fallen so far the past few years. He was so promising as an athlete and everyone that I’ve talked to who knew him in high school indicated that he was a solid young man all around. I hope for his sake he’s able to find some way to turn it around, because he seems to be quickly heading for very low places if he continues on the path he’s on now.
Although I would never "push" my son to play football, he has chosen to do so and I'm proud of him for it. The discipline and personal commitment required to excel in the sport of football is without equal and does build aspects of a young man's character unlike just about anything available to children today. The transgressions shown by King are not about football itself. They are the result of his failure as a person. Football can often be an “enabler” of certain individuals’ demise (due to their success), but not the cause. Let’s not blame a sport that has had such a positive influence on so many peoples’ lives for the failures of some of those who may have played it.
Regardless of who fills these positions (current or new), it will have the effect of eliminating the State BOE's group. The fact that this measure was even proposed coupled with the fact that the State Superintendent opposed it so much is clear indication that the State BOE was not being objective in this appeals process. Now that this commission is independent and not answering to the State BOE, decisions will be more objective. In any case, all ot these arguments have already been had and the voting citizens of Georgia voted overwhelmingly in favor of it, so it's all quite moot at this point.
As I see it, the only ones who don't have much right to complain are those who did not vote. I voted, so I will complain all I want, even if the person I voted for is the one I'm complaining about.
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