MESSAGE TO THE SCHOOL BOARD…

I AM HERE TODAY TO SEEK THAT YOU DO NOT GRANT AN EXTENSION ON THE LAND GRANT FOR THE CARVER SCHOOL PROPERTY. IF THE TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS HASN’T BUILT THE PROPERTY UP IN THE LAST 10 YEARS THEN WHAT MAKES YOU, OR ANY REASONABLE PERSON, BELIEVE THAT THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL BE ANY DIFFERENT.

WHITE SPRINGS IS BROKE. WE HAVE JUST HAD OUR AUDIT COMPLETED AND WE FIND THAT WE HAVE LESS THAN 2 MONTHS OF CASH AVAILABLE IN OUR GENERAL FUND FOR DISCRETIONARY PURPOSES WHICH A TOWN COMMUNITY CENTER AND A PARK, IS DEFINATELY DISCRETIONARY. WE GOT PARKS IN SPADES. FOR A PARK I SUGGEST THAT THE TOWN USES THE WILLIE GUY TURNER PARK WHICH WE RECENTLY SPENT $50,000 OF GRANT FUNDS TO IMPROVE.

WE SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO BUILD A TOWN COMMUNITY CENTER AND ANOTHER PARK ON THE OLD CARVER SCHOOL PROPERTY. GOVERNMENTS SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER. FOR YOU TO GRANT THIS EXTENSION OF TIME YOU ARE ONLY ENABLING THE TOWN TO GO FURTHER IN DEBT SO THAT WE CAN GET ANOTHER GRANT TO GET ANOTHER GRANT TO BUILD THE COMMUNITY CENTER,

I REALIZE THAT IT IS NO SKIN OFF OF YOUR HIDE TO GRANT THIS EXTENSION. BUT TO DO SO YOU ARE ENABLING THE TOWN FATHERS OF WHITE SPRINGS TO PLACE THE TOWN FURTHER IN DEBT. I PLEAD WITH YOU NOT TO DO IT. THE FURDAP GRANT IS A TROJAN HORSE THAT ONLY GIVES THE TOWN MORE TIME TO KEEP GOING FURTHER IN DEBT.

I URGE YOU NOT TO DO IT, NOT TO PLACE ANOTHER DISCRETIONARY ITEM ON THE TOWN’S AGENDA TO PLACE US FURTHER IN DEBT. 10 YEARS AND THE TOWN HASN’T DONE ANYTHING. AGAIN I URGE YOU NOT TO DO IT. SAVE WHITE SPRINGS FROM GOING BANKRUPT WHICH THE BUILDING OF A COMMUNITY CENTER WILL CERTAINLY DO.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION. WE’RE BROKE AND IF YOU DO WHAT THE TOWN WANTS YOU TO DO WE’LL BE BANKRUPT BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.

JOE GRIFFIN

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