AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE BELOW ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE
MEETING ON WEDNESDAY WE ARE BROKE.
THANK YOU STACY AND PAM.
If we want to break the law and raise our sewer and water bills approximately $10.00 a month We’re not broke in the new budget. But to stay legal we must cut back on the General Fund Budget.
We no longer have the Local Option Fuel Tax (LOFT) MONEY TO PROP UP THE GENERAL ACCOUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE TO DO SO, as we have done for over 25 years, is ILLEGAL. We know it is illegal because our new attorney and the state statute 336.025 say it is illegal. We can no longer do what we’ve done for the last 25 years.
How much money are we talking about? Nearly $200,000 per year that we have been misspending for the last four years, ever since Hamilton County got two Truck stops. Before the Truck stops the Loft money we got from the County and State amounted to approximately $25,000 per year. It was easy for Pam to HIDE that small amount of money and to be fair it hardly mattered that we were breaking the law with every budget we used. We just didn’t know.
And our then CPA, Mr. Powell, didn’t help us out because he either didn’t know the law or didn’t care. We misspent the money and our roads and streets deteriorated. Money that the state requires that we spend on TRANSPORTATION and Transportation alone went to pay Townsend’s and Andrew Greene’s salaries along with other miscellaneous items. And Mr. Powell just let us continue to let us break the law and allow our streets to go to hell.
We’re got to cut the FAT out of the General Fund. And a lot of FAT needs to be cut.
Isn’t there a way out you ask. Can’t we do something beside lower the cost of the General Fund without losing people and salaries? Yes there is a way. It is called raise your water and sewer bills approximately $20.00 or more per month. Remember we’ve got to get the LOFT funds offset. The only, and I mean only, way is to cut the FAT out of the budget OR raise the water bills. If there are 250 users of water and we need to make up $250000 in the account that means that each customer of the water and sewer MUST pay an additional $1000.00 per year or $83.33 per month increase in sewer bills.
Now we can cut other things other FAT out of the General Budget. The first is to sell off assets, such as the old jail for $25000. Then we sell the new pickup truck and hope to get $25000 from that. Then the excavator which hopefully will net us another $25000. That’s $75000 out of $250000 or $175000 remaining to be paid FOR THIS YEAR’S BUDGET. Now we need to cut salaries – Ben Fry is gone, that’s $29120 in salary plus $11,558 of insurance a savings of $40,678. The next cut is to cut Yvonne out her salary is $22069. and her insurance is $14116 for a total of $36185. $76863. Curtis Johnson is moved to Ben Fry’s position. Next termination is Shonda Werts at $5408. This gives us a total reduction in salaries $82271. Now we have saved $157271, or we have $250,000 minus prior savings of $157271. or $82,000 short of a balanced budget. Now normally we take $55000 out of but, looking at the Council’s wishes, the sewer and water fund is not to be touched. Ms. Charlene Estes salary goes, that’s $10,000, We cut Pam to part time hours and we save $20,000. That with the $55000 out of the Sewer account which the Council doesn’t want to do, balances our budget. That’s one way to do it.
We could cut Stacy Tebo’s contract salary by 10% or $5700 and move Pam to 60% of her former salary, instead of 50%. There are a ton of other things we can cut out of the budget but they amount to approximately $25000. OR WE SAVE IT ALL WITH PAM’S RETIREMENT AND OUTSSOURCE THE BOOKEEPERS JOB FOR $20,000 A YEAR. THAT SAVES US:
$75000 SALE OF ASSETS.
$55000 OUT OF SEWER AND WATER ACCOUNT
$40500 BEN FRY’S SALARY IN INSURANCE
$36000 FOR YVONNE’S SALARY AND INSURANCE
$10,000 CHARLENE ESTES SALARY
$7500 STACY’S 10% CUT
$20,000 OTHER CUTS OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND.
$250,000 WHICH OFFSETS THE LOFT MONEY BUT DOES NOTHING TO CUT THE LOSS OF $55000 OUT OF THE REVENUE (SEWER AND WATER) ACCOUNT. TO REDUCE OUR SEWER AND WATER BILLS TO THE AVERAGE IN HAMILTON COUNTY, SUWANNEE COUNTY, COLUMBIA COUNTY AND JACKSONVILLE MEANS
HEN YVONNE GETS TO STAY AND WE HIRE A PART TIME TOWN MANAGER/TOWN CLERK FOR $25000 AND WE GET A BALENCED BUDGET THAT WAY.
ONE OTHER WAY TO CUT FAT IS TO GET RID OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT EXCEPT FOR ONE OFFICER TO DO THE DAY SHIFT. WE HIRE FROM HCSO TWO OFFICERS FROM 5pm TO 5 am DAILY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WE TURN IN ALL OF OUR POLICE CARS TO THE SHERIFF AND ALL ASSOCIATED POLICE EQUIPMENT AS WELL. LET’S SAY FOR INSTANCE THAT THE TWO OFFICERS, 12 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK COST US $100000 TO HAVE ONE OFFICER ON DUTY FOR THAT 12 HOURS A DAY 7 DAY WEEK. THAT PLUS OUR OFFICER, WHITE SPRINGS, 2 AT $40,00O PER YEAR, SALARY AND RETIREMENT AND THE CHIEF’S CAR. THAT GIVES US A MORE PROFESSIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR $140000 A YEAR AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT FORCE AND WE SAVE $15,000 A YEAR.
WHAT ALSO GOES IS THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND THE SEWER REFURBISHMENT ARE PUT OFF FOR ANOTHER YEAR OR TWO.
i TOLD YOU WE ARE OUT OF MONEY AND NO AMOUNT OF STACY’S AND PAM’S LIES WILL MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL.
I REMEMBER A CANDIDATE THAT SAID THAT THE TOWN WAS GOING TO RAISE YOUR SEWER AND WATER BILL BUT $84.00 A MONTH IS A LITTLE STEEP, IF YOU ASK ME. WHO WAS THAT CANDIDATE WHO TOLD US 10 YEARS AGO WE WERE GOING TO RUN OUT OF MONEY? WHY THE GUY NOBODY LIKES, ME JOE GRIFFIN AND NOW MY WIFE KARIN. WE WILL WORK FOR PEANUTS BUT THERE HAS GOT TO BE SOME CHANGES MADE IN THE WAY WHITE SPRINGS DOES BUSINESS. WE’VE GOT TO GET RID OF THE CORRUPTION AND ALL WHO BENEFITED FROM THE CORRUPTION. COUNCIL SALARIES HAVE GOT TO GO AS WELL. NO PAIN, NO GAIN.