Special called BOC meeting Wednesday re: 2011 millage rate

Our Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Wednesday, July 28, to set the county’s 2011 millage rate.

As per the Georgia Department of Revenue, “The tax rate, or millage, in each county is set annually by the board of county commissioners, or other governing authority of the taxing jurisdiction, and by the Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. The average county and municipal millage rate is 30 mills; the state millage rate in each county is 0.25 mills.”

The current millage rate in Clayton county is 35.586, which includes 11.436 mills for the general fund and 3.900 mills for the fire fund. The school millage rate is maxed out at 20.000. Some cities have their own millage rate, and residents living within those city’s limits pay that city’s millage rate PLUS the county’s millage rate.

The 2009 rates for those cities are as follows: Jonesboro, 12.343; College Park, 9.560; Riverdale, 7.500; Morrow, 7.500; and Lake City, 5.737. Residents living in unincorporated Clayton pay only the county millage rate.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Boardroom/Administration Building (112 Smith St., Jonesboro, Georgia). Public comments will be allowed, so if you have an opinion on this, now is the time.

Who knows if the millage rate will be raised on Wednesday? But given the country’s anti-tax sentiment these days, most will not be in favor of a tax increase, and Clayton property owners already feel they aren’t getting their money’s worth as it is.

Your thoughts?

52 comments Add your comment

Realty IV

July 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

Yes, go ahead and raise the millage rate, the county need the additional revenue! However, we may need an independent auditor to ensure the additional revenue is used for it’s intended purposes! I can’t trust them anymore!

19&41

July 26th, 2010
4:06 pm

Send the county the extra funds you have, and they will gladly accept them. Send plenty so that they can spend as they wish without increasing the tax burden on those who are billed for their taxes and realize they are paying too much for too little.

Just Stating The Obvious

July 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

It will be very interesting to read the responses to the blog topic posting for the week.

There will probably be more bloggers and the comments that they will write that are in favor of a lower millage rate in Clayton County.

I point out that Clayton County’s millage is one of the lowest in the Metropolitian Atlanta, Georgia area at only 11.436 mills. The city of Jonesboro, Georgia’s millage rate is higher at 12.345 mills.

It would be nice if the blog master Ms. Kimberly Allen would get millage rate on the unincorporated areas of Fayette County, Henry County, Spalding County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, etc.

The reason that you would need the millage rate from these other unincorporated counties is that the nicer, cleaner, more livable, upscale counties have higher millage rates because it takes money to have better and first-class and first-rate services and people who provide these services.

Clayton County is in a very bad, awful, and horrific shape in that this county has the look of a third-world country with its massive glut and proliferation of dirty, nasty, filthy, cluttered, run-down ,deteriorating, dilapated, structurally unstable, decayed, and poorly maintained buildings, apartment homes, trailer and mobile park homes, etc.

Clayton County has taken on the look of a county that is run on the cheap and is massively overcroweded with a disproportionate number of renters, low income, Section 8 people, and criminally minded people from all over the metropolitian Atlanta, Georgia area who are drawn to this county with its glut of foreclosed properties and apartment homes which they can get very cheap with their Section 8 Rental Vouchers.

I am one of the people who would an increase in Clayton County’s Millage Rate as long as the additional monies would go to fund more police officers, more code enforcement officers, more public safety personnel to enforce the county’s laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations.

However the truth of the matter is that the corruption, graft, and mismanagement is so rampant, so widespread, so deep, and so entrenched in Clayton County from the previous and past elected officials of Clayton County and the Clayton County Board Of Commissioneers who were white to the present elected officials of Clayton County and the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners who are majority black that it really does not matter now if they raise our millage rate or if they do not.

There is no vision for this county, no leadership, and no stability. This county continues to collect SPLOST money but not recreation centers have been built in Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph’s or Commissioner Michael Edmondson’s distract. Also the question is where is the interest money going that is made off of the multi-millions of dollars that sit in the bank from the SPLOST monies that have been collected.

Clayton County is a county that is on a deep downward spiral with no hopes of recovery or turnaround.

If the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners choose to raise the millage rate for more public safety personnel and for better services in Clayton County, the people would be very distrustful and wonder if the extra money was being used for the purpose that it was intended for.

Also, the residents in Clayton County who have a “poor-mouth” mentality and way-of-life and living (these are the low class residents that have moved into the county from the poorest areas in Atlanta, Georgia and other poor areas in the Metropolitian Atlanta, Georgia area who when they move into communities, they eventually destroy that community in that they bring down the property values with their “ghetto” way of living and the “ghetto look of their homes) do not want a millage rate increase, but they are the same ones who put the strain on the services that they get from Clayton County.

The Atlanta Journal And Constitution Newspaper could uncover and bring to light all of the widespread corruption in Clayton County and how the massive influx of poor people, renters, and Section 8 housing project people have essentially destroyed Clayton County and its cities of Riverdale and College Park from the inside out.

So in conclusion, Clayton County is in a very bad state of affairs because on one side, this county is being run “on-the-cheap” because its millage rate is one of the lowest of all unincorporated counties in the Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia and this county desparately needs a millage rate increase to get better services, more public safety officials, more of everything.

On the other side is that not only is corruption so widespread, so bad, so deep, and so entrenched in Clayton County and also worth mentioning is that the county’s employees are for the most part not earning their paycheck for a full day’s work because many are “slackers,” do not care about doing good quality work, do not care about customer service, do not care period (a majority of the county’s employees do not live in Clayton County and do not really care about the residents of Clayton County and only care about earning their paychecks and making sure that they have good health, dental and other types of insurance), that many Clayton County citizens feel as the blog master Ms. Kimberly Allen stated that they are not getting their money’s worth and also to add that the citizens of Clayton County are getting second-class, third-class, and in some cases no-class service.

At this point in time right now in Clayton County, there is virtually no hope for this county and it will continue to be a county that is run on-the-cheap, with marginal workers who in my opinion are “slackers” who will only do just enough to earn a paycheck and nothing more (excluding the police officers, code enforcement officers, fireman, other public safety personnel who are overworked and overwhelmed with the problems brought to this county by the massive numbers of renters, poor to low income people and families, and Section 8 people from the closed down ghetto housing projects in Atlanta, Georgia), many areas in Clayton County that are full of trash, clutter, decayed, deteriorating, and run-down businesses, buildings, apartment homes, trailer and mobile home parks, etc.(just travel down Tara Boulevard, Upper Riverdale Road, Battlecreek Road, Flint River Road, Old Dixie Highway, the Arrowhead Shopping Center, Highways 138, 139, 85, 54, 42, etc., Mount Zion Road, Webb Road, etc. and one can again conclude that until we get new, caring, concerned, strong, proactive, ethical, moral, upstanding leaders and elected officials in Clayton County who will make a positive difference for the better in this county, it really doesn’t matter whether or not the county’s millage rate is increased, stays the same, or is decreased.

It will be very interesting to read the postings on the blog master’s topic for the week and their thoughts, feelings, and postings on this matter.

Just Stating The Obvious

July 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Also a Forensic Audit (This is not a regular and routine audit but a type of audit that can be used in a criminal court of law to indict person or persons who are guilty of embezzlement, fraud, stealing from the county, graft (bribery), etc. that uses accounting methods to the tracking and collection of forensic evidence, usually for investigation and prosecution of criminal acts such as embezzlement or fraud) is desperately needed in Clayton County and all of its departments to uncover all of the corruption, embezzlement, fraud, mismanagement, diversion of montery funds for personal use, illegally taking of funds, that many believe in this county is going on from the elected officials in the county to the workers who work in Clayton County’s Governmental and Services Departments.

However, this will never happen in Clayton County at this time because the Clayton County Board Of Commissioners will never even consider the fact that this type of audit needs to be done.

chuckles

July 26th, 2010
4:59 pm

Speaking as someone in the housing/real estate industry raising the millage rate on already falling home values will be complete suicide….it doesn’t make sense to punish current homeowner’s for the irresponsibility of most foreclosed property owner’s or the county’s inability to accurately account for all tax dollars. There is so much waste and under table dealing’s with in the Board, that warns bring in a outside auditing company. Also here’s a thought…TRY TAXING APARTMENT DWELLERS as well they use and receive the same county services as homeowner’s so they should also share in the responsibility of helping the county.

chuckles

July 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Speaking as someone in the housing/real estate industry raising the millage rate on already falling home values will be complete suicide….it doesn’t make sense to punish current homeowner’s for the irresponsibility of most foreclosed property owner’s or the county’s inability to accurately account for all tax dollars. There is so much waste and under table dealing’s with in the Board, that warns bring in a outside auditing company. Also here’s a thought….try taxing apartment dwellers they use and receive the same county services as homeowner’s so they should also share in the responsibility of helping the county.

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kallen

July 26th, 2010
7:31 pm

As requested, as per the GA Department of Revenue, unincorporated rates in:

Cobb County: 6.820
Dekalb County: 8.000
Fayette County: 7.391
Forsyth County: 3.834
Gwinnett County: 11.780
Henry County: 10.969
Spalding County: 14.880

jimmy (conservative brother)

July 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

The answer to some is always to raise taxes. I say no. Let us get rid of all the crap we don’t need. i heard on the radio the other day an advertisement for “Praise in the Park” one of the sponsors was the Clayton Co. Board of Commissioners. It is a “free” concert at Atlanta Beach. There are so many things wrong with this.
The county can’t afford to pay for gas for Constitutional officials but they can help pay for gospel artist like Smokey Norful. For those unfamiliar a grammy winning artist doesn’t usually come cheap and he is not the only one. The county will be paying for the employees to work at the beach. They will be paying extra for the use of utilities and oh yeah, they will have to pay policemen to patrol the beach instead of the streets. All the while each of the elected officials will get to walk across the stage and exclaim, “Look what we did for you for free.” Which is code for “Vote for me.”

At the risk of sounding like a broken record. Why do we have this beach in the first place. It looses money every year. I guess hosting “free” concerts and movies for us common folk where the all powerful commissioners can exclaim, “I brought you the games.” answers that question.
Why should our tax dollars go to maintaining an airport which is wholly inside of Henry County. It is also a boondoggle. We loose money on it every year but we continue to hold on to it. Why is that. I know I’ve seen stories of Henry Co. wanting to buy it.
Finally, if we can not afford to provide adequate law enforcement and fire department how can we afford to provide subsidized recreation in the way of these recreational centers. Someone above called for a forensic audit. I second that for until we can answer some of my questions I say that this board doesn’t get one more penny from the citizens of this county.

chuckles

July 27th, 2010
8:20 am

DoubleAction of Clayton County: Section 8 residents….how about taking a look at Section 8 residents…many of them don’t need to be there anyway a fair majority at just abusing the system anyway…..Besides they are a good example of how the system needs to be change…last I checked they use the county services too…i.e Public Education; School buses, police, fire…need I say more.

Roach

July 27th, 2010
9:32 am

Bread and circuses . . . the tools of tyrants for millenia

Billy Bob

July 27th, 2010
11:30 am

How can the Clayton county current millage rate be 35.5 when the second highest county in the metro area(Spalding) is only 14.8 according to the notes from the webmaster above? Something’s off…Somebody please explain this to me.

kallen

July 27th, 2010
11:32 am

Sorry I should have added that I received this 35.5 figure from the CC Tax Assessors office and was told this was the “overall” millage rate in Clayton.

Billy Bob

July 27th, 2010
11:40 am

Never the less, how can Clayton’s rate be so much higher than say Fayettes or Henry and yet not be experiencing the same rate of growth?
Where is the money going?

kallen

July 27th, 2010
11:48 am

The above listed rates are only for the unincorporated sections of those counties. Clayton’s unincorporated rate is 11.436, which is more in line with those counties but as you already stated the rate of growth is not the same. Guess you can ask the BOC on Wednesday :-)

Reality

July 27th, 2010
11:57 am

It’s 2010, guys it’s time to raise the millage rate; that why Clayton county is behind in living standards. The problem is the haves are tired of paying for the have nots. However, there’s nothing the haves can do to get rid of the have nots. Too bad the haves lived off the backs of the have nots 100’s of years and now can’t get rid of them! IT’S CALLED REAPING WHAT YOU SOW!

Billy Bob

July 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

oh great we got a reparations advocate in the forum. super nice.

say what?

July 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

ahh Chuckles- Section 8 residents are paying property tax- it is called RENT and the landlord takes that money to pay HIS tax bill for the property. I would hate to have you working on my behalf in the real estate business. Even on “zero” rent the tax is being paid through the Section 8 payments paid to the landlord by the federal government.

If we charge section 8 renters an additional property tax how about all renters being required to pay an additional tax because they use services as well.

Everyone email each commissioner and tell them NO new taxes. But it seems mighty strange that this issue has only come about after Singleton has been voted back in.To heck with Edmondson fighting against team Scott. Taxes raised and it will be a guarantee that Lee Scott will be elected in November.

NEW REALITY

July 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

Let’s try a new strategy! Of late we have been attending BOC meetings in larger volumes, it haven’t worked. Now, we need to “PROTEST” they’re bad decisions publicly with mass media, shine the spotlight them! Maybe that will work! Good Luck!

chuckles

July 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

Oh dear say what….that is not how it works sweetie…..you need to learn that rent for Section 8 is not even near apartment specials or market rate…and that would be like saying paying a mortgage equals paying taxes which is not always the case unless you have an escrow account..and if you read the post prior to the one you just commented on you would have noticed dear heart I said Apartment Dwellers. Yeah please factor all information before you make an informed comment.

chuckles

July 27th, 2010
1:50 pm

On the grounds of a new strategy….Different Officials should be elected and not the ones who keep making the same poor choices….it now comes down to a change in the mind set of the voters of Clayton County….

19&41

July 27th, 2010
4:36 pm

The media have milked all the political villains’ antics, and the foibles of this county for years. Success in this county is neither news that sells nor a laugh for the people who takes in the news. The media will not help this county. There is no profit for them.

jimmy (conservative brother)

July 27th, 2010
7:43 pm

I second you New Reality. Protest may be the only way to get these thick headed, self centered people to listen. I just watched on T.V. a small town in San Francisco force their officials to take a 90% pay cut after it was found out that the officials were paying themselves $100,000 salaries and then paying a county manager almost $800,000 for part time work and all the while laying off teachers, police and firemen. Sounds like what’s happening here. I know the salaries have not gotten out of line like that yet at least not the official salaries which begs the question why would so many of these politicians spend small fortunes to get elected to these offices.
I think Bell is the only official making $100,000 salary but since we now have a vice chairman and what amounts to a county manager in Cohelis why are we still paying Bell $100,000 salary for part time work. Maybe we should demand an immediate cut in his pay so that it is more in line with the other commissioners since they are all pretty much equal now.

Sgt. Rock

July 27th, 2010
8:45 pm

I applaud the several calls for forensic and annual audits. I think both need to be done.

A forensic audit can be rather detailed as it may go back several years to establish and document discrepancies. The downside to a forensic audit is that while discrepancies are found, a paper trail showing actual malfeasance is often missing. This is caused by either time, mismanagement of paperwork or intentional loss of paperwork. Seldom is anyone ever caught in a criminal endeavor from a forensic audit due to the above but the discrepancy is identified and documented.

A regular annual audit looks at that particular year and indentifies discrepancies based on that particular year.

What is the critical result in both types of audit is that it establishes a baseline from which to contrast and compare future audits and allow for trending which can assist tremendousely as one metric in the taxation equation.

Fortunately what the County has been unwilling or unable to do in previous years is now Georgia law with the passage of House Bill 122.

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/fulltext/hb122.htm

HB 122 requires the budget to be posted on the Vinson School of Gov’t website beginning 1 Jan 2011 in PDF form.

No more hiding a few paper copies in the library 2 weeks before the vote so Citizens can’t review. It is my contention that this can be done today on the Counties website but for some reason the Commission doesn’t dictate this to occur.

Section d of HB 122 also demands that the annual audit of the County be transmitted to the Vinson School of Gov’t as well. What can’t be done in Clayton County has been done for us by the State. The audit will be accurate as no accountant or firm will risk their license for covering the numbers and will professionally report incompetence or malfeasance or simple human error in the final audit.

The only remaining issue is the old and tired excuse that the Budget office software is outdated and therefore incapable of producing these pesky reports. I am sure the Commissioners have done their due diligence in procuring modern software for Ms. Jackson. The software upgrade will be a welcome addition and perhaps the Commissioners can now get a monthly Budget report since the old software is unable to do this (so we’re told). Simultaneously, the Commissioners can finally procure the long promised but yet to be seen Crime mapping software. Our neighbors in Henry County were able to install it in a matter of months http://www.mapnimbus.com/DataNimbusClient.html?Client=Henry%20Co,%20GA and our very own Riverdale was capable to do this as well http://www.riverdalega.gov/index.aspx?NID=256 . I guess we’re just challenged like that. Put on the helmet and get in the short bus.

Now a baseline audit will be established for the County in spite of the County. Compliance will be interesting to say the least.

Peter Pumpkin Eater

July 27th, 2010
10:16 pm

RECALL ACTION MUST OCCUR IF THE PEOPLE’S VOICE IS IGNORED.

BnB

July 27th, 2010
11:25 pm

Billy Bob : (( Never the less, how can Clayton’s rate be so much higher than say Fayettes or Henry and yet not be experiencing the same rate of growth? Where is the money going? “

Think about it. When Fayette homes are worth 2 or 3 time what those in Clayton are – a millage rate of half of Clayton still nets Fayette more money. Millage rate – therefore is relative to the worth of the homes being accessed.

Mill-a-cent

July 28th, 2010
8:04 am

Looking on the bright side, neighboring Henry and Fayette counties picked up on our mistakes early and learned from them. There is no fixing Clayton County. We can’t undo the damage done.

High Wire Act

July 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

@ Sgt. Rock, you wrote and said a mouth full, however, you’re talking loud and saying nothing! Our chances of catching this commission both hands and head in the cookie jar is little to none! Remember, we demanded and had a forensic audit just awhile back but the commission “FIRED” the firm before the findings. “PROTEST” is the only way; like the California town “OUTRAGED”. GOOD LUCK!!!

Blessings

July 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

All this crying, come on people Clyton county is not much worst off than any other metro county! There is trouble abound all around! Cherish the moment and be glad in it!

Billy Bob

July 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

Theres a good chance I may just end up walking away from my house before all is over with. I concur with other posters. I do not feel my taxes should be increased to pay for crooked politicians and those on the dole. I pay school taxes and I do not have children. If I had children, I would send them out of town on the back of a pack mule and hope for the best instead of putting them in Clayton county public school.

taylor

July 28th, 2010
9:51 pm

I’m already planning on walking away from my house.The cost of living in Clayton County is rising and the quality of life is falling quick. my home is worth less than I owe on it….whats the point in staying.
my neighbors wont take care of their property, kids run the streets all hours of the night and Clayton County police basically are just working to collect a paycheck.

trust me I keep waiting but it isn’t getting any better

Truthstater

July 28th, 2010
11:44 pm

Great informative and detailed posting Sergeant Rock. Great indeed. One can only hope that the state of Georgia will issue strong, tough, and quick penalties and fines for those counties that do comply with and obey House Bill 122.

Len

July 29th, 2010
9:37 am

The County of Wade Starr and Alex Cohilas. Has is not run amok? Landed on sand barges? Remember that the unsinkable ship, the Titanic, went down in freezing waters. Arrogance. “Let him who stands take heed lest he fall.” The treatments of the Chief and the Tax Commissioner are unconscionable. Shameless. Maybe I am wrong, but this whole vindictive Triumverate on the Commission seems so unseemly.

Len

July 29th, 2010
10:01 am

I misquoted the scripture from the Bible. “Let him who THINKS HE stands take heed lest he fall.” The Triumverate on the Commission should be aware of this reality.

Roach

July 29th, 2010
10:21 am

Is the puppet master nuts? Does he really think that he can sic the governor on Terry Baskin? Does he think that Sonny gives a tinker’s damn what his robot county commissioners want? If I were Sonny, I’d be figuring how I can support and defend one of the minority of elected officials in Clayton County who is actually doing his job.

Sgt Rock

July 29th, 2010
11:35 am

Taking this grievance to the Governor is a joke. The office of the Governor has said in the past (School Accreditation Intervention)that he nor anyone in the Republican controlled State Executive and Legislative branches are going to expend one iota of political capital on Clayton County.

Why? That’s it exactly; why? Why should the Republican controlled state help one of the few Democrat Counties in the state? Politically from a state perspective, it is a “gift-horse” to have a seemingly incompetent Clayton County Democrat Officials and a Democrat controlled Clayton County look, well, incompetent.

Clayton County is not and will not ever be on the “Sonny Do” list but run to Sonny with this stuff and I guarantee he will be glad to “DO” you!

So to assist the Republican controlled state politico’s, Ralph et al, once again run to the Governor that will do little if anything to assist. If they do assist it will be in the Governor’s time-frame, not the County’s.

In the meantime, has anyone walked over to Mr. Baskins office and simply asked him what the deal is? Has anyone broken bread with him at Butch’s in Jonesboro? It is interesting to observe who the first ones are to throw dirt isn’t it?

Borodawg

July 29th, 2010
11:49 am

Cobb County: 6.820
Dekalb County: 8.000
Fayette County: 7.391
Forsyth County: 3.834
Gwinnett County: 11.780
Henry County: 10.969
Spalding County: 14.880
…And Clayton is 11.436. Doesn’t that make Clayco’s ‘unincorporated’ millage rate relatively high? And the school millage is “maxed out”? How ’bout the millions that come in every year from the ATL airport; taxes that we collect even though we don’t spend a single resource running said airport? I just don’t see increasing the millage rate at this time. Well, we did save a ton cutting out that one car for the Tax Commish.

FYI: We now own The Beach because Ronnie T. once owned it. And, at that time, Clayco just HAD to have whatever Ronnie owned. ‘Course, we did get a courthouse/jail site from something he once owned also. Are we the only county that owns a commercial beach rec area? Yes, some counties have parks at state, fed, and GA Power lakes; but not former commercial enterprises. Problem is, just like housing, we couldn’t get much for it nowadays if we tried to sell it.

35.586 millage rate is aplenty. ‘No’ to raising it.

malevolent

July 29th, 2010
1:41 pm

The commission has asked for help to remove the tax commission. The person they asked for help has provided his cousin a high profile position in government, allowed an unethical insurance commission to run for governor, is watching two people run for governor with obvious ethics problems. That someone don’t have any creditability! He took accreditation, state funding and watched this county fall into abyss. As far as taxes! A few cents won’t hurt you!

Sgt. Rock

July 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

DA,

Not blaming the Governor for anything. Dem’s work against Rep’s everyday and Rep’s work against Dem’s everyday.

That’s all that is occuring. The Governor is not going to help Clayton County, he would be stupid to help a County that votes in Dem’s continuousely.

The Governor and his aide’s made it no secret during the accreditation crisis that they were not going to do anything to assist this Democrat County. Nothing personal, nothing emotional, just business.

The Governor is rather proud to be able to point to Clayton as an example of Dem. leadership in an effort to retain Rep. control of the state and keep other County’s in line. If i were Governor I would do the same thing as him.

Politics 101 – don’t do the other party any favors.

Peter Pumpkin Eater

July 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

I see per the AJC article today that the County Commission is ‘going after’ Tax Commissioner, Mr. Baskin. I think its dumb to go after the man who collects the money, don’t you?

Ask yourself why this apparent vendetta? Mr. Baskin is an honorable man and its dishonorable of them to attack him and his job. What are they hiding?

Derek

July 29th, 2010
10:50 pm

As long as we don’t have to fund C-Tran, hmmm I mean Marta, we don’t need a mil increase! It never seems to amaze me how people want to solve their financial problems for a county by doing exactly the opposite from what they would do with their “own finances! Thats reduce your bills and cut everything except bare needs, while since they are using other peoples money, they want to RAISE taxes on the poorest county, chase away what few tax base they have , then spend more money!
IDIOTS

BnB

July 30th, 2010
8:00 am

Our dubious elected officials in Clayton have again shown that the voters are idiot. Either for not voting or by voting with no idea of the issues and the behavior of those in elected positions. First the past BOEs which took over 3 election cycles to get to a working group of people that appears to be able to work together and move forward. The old BOE was a laughingstock – in our state and across the country. The Board of Commissioners of Clayton are following in their footsteps. The voters had a chance to break the unholy alliance of the 3 stooges – but refused to do so. Sonna won again. Why doesn’t the BOC tell the men in the hierarchy of the county – the paid two-job Wade Starr and the paid three-job Alex Cohilas to use their own county vehicle to go pick up the tax receipts. Oh yeah – I forgot – the BOC doesn’t tell those two what to do – it is the other way around – the BOC does the bidding of Starr and Cohilas. The governer should instead chide the BOE for its foolishness – thereby killing two birds with one stone. Shining a light to standing for what is right and making the DEMs that run the county look foolish and petty, which is probably the most favorable thing you can call them.

Ignorance and lack of knowledge is dangerous

July 30th, 2010
12:05 pm

BnB you sound like a fool. The people are not as stupid as those who continue to attack the BOC members that have vision for this county thought they were. The thousands of dollars spent on signs, smear literature and human labor did not fool the voters. District one voters spoke loud and clear. We are not stupid just informed.

BnB

July 30th, 2010
4:27 pm

to Ignorance – If you like the way this BOE is acting now – I guess you loved the old south way the white boys used to use called the ‘the good ole boy system’. It was wrong then – and putting a differnt shade of color on it now – doesn’t help matters. Just like with the BOE – now the BOC is having the state laugh at us. You sound like a comedian- maybe you like people laughing at you. Good luck.

Peter Pumpkin Eater

July 30th, 2010
4:38 pm

Ignorance and a lack of knowledge.. (i.e Cinnamon), please stop cheerleading the three stooges. BNB is correct. I guess $500 is worth it, eh?

Port O'John

July 30th, 2010
6:44 pm

BnB, the only people on the old BOE that were guilty of anything all resigned out of “Guilt”! The others were removed by rich elements in Clayton needing a new start! Now, this new BOE know all the accreditation mess was created by the rich; but are heartless and powerless to do anything about it; thus their behavior change. This BOC has always been ethically challenged but so is all BOC in this state! The BOE takes its lead from those in the statehouse who want to secede from the union; then again, that’s happening in several other states! All about a black president; who woulda thunk it!

Ignorance and lack of knowledge is dangerous

July 31st, 2010
10:03 am

Obviously you are limited in your thinking ability. Raise the bar for yourself and stop trying to invalidate Black Leadership,especially comparing it to the good ole boys. It will take years for us to repair the damage they have done for years!

Ignorance and lack of knowledge is dangerous

July 31st, 2010
10:08 am

Peter and BnB. We know who is eating what. The sad part is that you have no validity in the community so you come here and spew out your anger ignorance.

Surrender

July 31st, 2010
11:34 am

This county is dysfunctional. At this point I wish the state legislature would dissolve Clayton County. Put all of the county west of Tara Blvd in Fulton County, and all east of Tara Blvd in Henry County, or put it all in Henry County where it originally came from (not that they would want us). This county has no hope, and the majority of people who live here could care less it seems!

BnB

August 1st, 2010
8:55 pm

Hey port o potty – I mean john – same thing. I feel sorry for you. You live in the past – you will never grow and never become something more. Pity.

To Ignorant – IT has nothing to do with invalidating Black leadership. Is had to do with bringing to light bad leadership – whether black or white. there are good black leaders is this county – problem is – if they are not the race haters that you are- it is you that dis-credit them – not me. Grow up and make something of yourself. Also — I have been hear 20 years – how about you?

Ghebasma

August 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

Let me get this straight. The “emergency” meeting was called about the millage rate. Can anybody tell me if This was even discussed? I have heard NOTHING about the supposed reason it was called. Or was the meeting just used to cause hate and discontent for Mr. Baskins? If that is the case then it was an illegal meeting and the State should investigate the County Commissioners. They do need to remember they who live by the sword die by the sword. Because what they are doing is a two edged weapon and swings both ways. Dirty politics smells to high heaven no matter what the color of the skin.

CCWhistleblwer

September 12th, 2010
8:30 pm

To “just stating the obvious” You are SO RIGHT!!! The county officials are so corrupt! Alex Cohilas steals money from the Boot Drives the Fire Department conducts when citizens drop dollars into boots thinking they are donating to charities like the Burn Foundation and other charities. In reality, he gives a little to these and skims the majority of the cash for his precious combat challenge team to compete as strong firemen! These employees get special privledges and get paid while travelling out of state to compete..and PARTY at the county’s expense! If anyone asks questions, he acts like some kind of Nazi gestapo! He is SO CORRUPT. How can he be fire chief AND county manager? A clayton county citizen was dying from a cardiac arrest and he had a crew of his elite combat challenge boys on an ambulance and they were told NOT to respond to the cardiac arrest (even though they were the closest ambulance) because they were on their way to TRAIN. SOMEONE needs to look deep into this county’s books..follow Cohilas and you will find all kind of money laundering!