SPLOST Passive Can't Help Fairyland Teachers -And Response

Monday, October 28, 2013

Re: Roy Exum's "How Fairyland is Punished"

Mr. Exum quotes Ms. Mercer, president of Lookout Mountian's Fairyland Elementary School PTO, urging voters to turn out and vote yes for the special SPLOST vote Nov. 5 in hopes that some of the 1 percent sales tax money could help out with badly needed supplements to teacher salaries.

Walker County voters should not be misled here....the SPLOST funds can only be used for capital improvements, and only for items previously submitted in the process prior to the vote. That is state law and not subject to change by the county.  A yes vote for SPLOST will not address Ms. Mercers stated issues. Lack of educational funding is not a reason to vote for SPLOST.

Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has done a good job keeping our taxes steady during this current four year long recession. These are not easy times for residents in northwest Georgia. Unemployment here remains higher than the state and national average. Local government should continue to tighten its belt as its residents are doing.

While a sales tax is the least objectionable of all taxes in my opinion, unless it is accompanied by an appropriate reduction in property tax millage rate, Walker County voters should clearly vote no on the SPLOST on Nov. 5.

Brian D. Joyce

Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

* * * 

It amazes me that Mr. Joyce is informed enough to know the Lookout Mountain, Ga. budget well enough to have an opinion. I make it a point to be informed and to attend the council meeting regularly and study the finances. I have never seen Mr. Joyce at a meeting. Mrs. Mercer correctly pointed out that SPLOST funds had been used for capital improvements on the gymnasium. This money was properly approved. She never suggested any use for operations which are outside the state guidelines. 

SPLOST will provide more than $600,000 to the city over several years. It has been passed for 26 years and if not passed, the money would be lost that will have to be replaced with a tax increase if it is not passed. 

The city has vetted its capital needs and these funds will be carefully spent. As a member of the sewer board, we asked for funds for a portion of necessary upgrades.  The upgrades will have to be done and paid for whether the funds come from SPLOST or property taxes. 

The total amount of these funds cover needs that would require a 16 percent property tax increase if it is not passed. My preference is this 1 percent designated sales tax. It is not an increase, it is a continuation of 26 years of funds to help cities pay for capital funds without increasing property taxes. 

I am proudly for SPLOST and have a sign in the yard. 

Jimmy Campbell

Haynes Exemplifies Effective Leadership

Our county commissioner is Marty Haynes.  Over the last few months we have been reminded that effective leadership builds trust.  Marty has kept his word to be accountable to voters and govern with conservative principles.  County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s budget was balanced with spending prioritized.  Marty joined a few other commissioners in voting for that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Banjo Boy’s Secret

There is a wonderful email now making the rounds that shows Billy Redden standing in front of the Walmart store where he now works in Clayton, Ga. There is nothing remarkable about the picture because Billy’s looks have changed considerably in the last 40-odd years. But back in the early 1970s, his face was memorized by millions upon millions of people and he was universally known ... (click for more)

Toddler Killed In Car Accident On Boy Scout Road Friday Morning

A toddler was killed in an auto accident Friday morning.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with injuries at the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies found a single car accident involving four passengers. Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital and the ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

Arkansas Ground Game Pounds Tennessee, 24-20

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – At least Tennessee didn’t blow a double-digit lead late. Arkansas wiped out the Vols’ 14-0 lead in the first half in front of 101,265 fans at Neyland Stadium and went on to dump Tennessee, 24-20, Saturday night in Southeastern Conference football action. It was Tennessee’s second straight loss and the win snapped the Razorbacks’ three-game skid. ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Tennessee Falls To Arkansas, 24-20