DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER SUPPLEMENT

JOB AND HEALTH FAIR

WHEN:       WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH - 10AM TIL 2PM

WHERE:     DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Great for re-entrys - Lots of Food - Resources - Covid testing - AND MORE

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2022

DISTRICT 4 TOWN HALLS

SEPTEMBER 8, 2022, THURSDAY (ALL INVITED)

WHERE:               DOG RIVER LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM

WHEN:                 6 PM – TIL

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022, THURSDAY

WHERE:               CLINTON PARK (EPHESUS CHURCH ROAD) NEW PAVILION AT TRAIL HEAD

WHEN:                 6 PM - TIL

PROBATE JUDGE

Although my attempt to cap the vital records’ fees collected by the Probate Judge failed with a 3-2 vote, I was surprised at who voted against my motion.  At the time the Probate Judge’s salary was adopted in the 2021 budget, I argued then that we needed to address the underestimated $20K amount for vital records’ fees reflected in the budget, when it was known the fees would be thousands more annually.  When the total figure came in at the end of 2021, they amounted to $139,447, thereby resulting in an income for the Judge in excess of $260K. An email was sent in December 2021, to the members of the BOC by a concerned citizen regarding the fees, District 3 Commissioner, Tarenia Carthan, responded wherein she stated, “In regard to the fees, the county audit team and finance department will get us the numbers at the end of year close out (March 20, 2022) and we can discuss as a board with the county attorney options to address fees if exorbitant.”  Although for months when I raised in Executive Session the issue of capping the fees, with input from the county attorney, I did so without support from any of the other commissioners.  And, to top it all off, in the meeting where I made the motion to cap the fees, Commissioner Carthan stated, “she was appalled that we were even discussing it” and ended up voting against my motion.  Commissioner Mitchell voted along with me on the motion.

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SEARCH WARRANT

Don’t be surprised when you hear that Douglas County was served a search warrant last week by the GBI.  As it is open to public record, the media will be all over this story.  They requested emails from several elected officials and staff to/from/regarding individuals/companies outside the government.  The warrant was based on O.C.G.A. 16-10-22 – Conspiracy in Restraint of Free and Open Competition in Transactions with State or Political Subdivisions.  This is part of an on-going investigation and ask that you treat it as such.  Just wanted to give you a heads up.

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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2022

    PROPOSED SPLOST RENEWAL

In November, the BOC will be asking the voters to approve renewing the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax).  If approved by the voters it will continue the additional penny on every dollar for another 6 years.  The projects to be funded with the renewal are yet to be determined, although a draft has been compiled. However, the BOC did change the categories and percentages from the 2016 SPLOST as listed below:

                                                          CATEGORIES                                       
Transportation - 27.8%  (51% in 2016) - Includes roadway improvements and maintenance, sidewalks, rights of way acquisitions, and other projects

Public Safety - 40.8% - (32% in 2016) - Includes upgrades for major equipment, fleet replacement, major building and technology improvements and other projects district

Parks, Rec, Libraries - 20.4% (17% in 2016) - Includes major equipment and facility improvements, new library construction and enhancements, and other projects

Facilities - 11% (Not a category in 2016) - Including facilities acquisition, construction or improvements, infrastructure enhancements, and other project

I did not agree with the percentages the other commissioners established mainly because of the huge reduction in Transportation (mainly road maintenance), which I know to be a priority with our citizens,  and the increase in Parks, Rec and Libraries, due to Commissioner Carthan"s push to build a $12 million library in her district (D3)  Also, since Commissioner Robinson suggested $0 % for transportation in our straw vote, which  not only greatly skewed all the percentages but reduced transportatation  by 45%.

  Commissioners Robinson, Carthan, and Chair Romona Jackson Jones voted against my request to table the vote on the percentages until our next meeting to allow time for citizens’ input. Nevertheless, I do support a SPLOST referendum on the November ballot.

       2022 TAX RATE

The Tax Digest grew around 17% for 2022, which is mainly due to increase in  assessments (property values).  At a meeting last week, the other four commissioners  decided to advertise that they will keep the same millage rate (tax rate) the same as last year at 12.563, with NO ROLL BACK to offset the higher assessment values.  According to State Law, the county must hold three public meetings declaring a “tax increase”.  The PUBLIC MEETINGS will be August 16 at 10 am AND 6 pm, and August 25 at 10 am, at which meeting the vote will be held.  IF the 10.563 millage is adopted, it would mean an additional $10.8 million county taxes.   However, the School Board and Douglasville City Council also are advertising NO ROLLBACK.

                     _____   CONNECT DOUGLAS TRAINING_______________________

WHERE:        DOG RIVER LIBRARY, 6100 HWY 5, DOUGLASVILLE, GA

WHEN:         AUGUST 19TH

TIME:            12 NOON – 1:30 P

       PRAY FOR AMERICA

If my people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and they turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will HEAL THEIR LANDII Chronicles 7:4

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY 2022

In a BOC meeting last month, the majority of the BOC voted to fund a NEW park in District 3 - Punkintown Road.  The recommendation came out of the Parks and Rec Committee - on which Com. Henry Mitchell (D1) is chair and Com. Tarenia Carthan (D3) is Vice Chair.  Although funds allocated in the 2016 Splost for the replacement of the upper field Winston Concession Stand were removed months ago, funds for a brand new park (total $1.2) were found - including about $600K FROM THE FUND BALANCE (OUR RESERVES).  Our 2016 Splost was based on percentages of collections divided into 3 catagories, and a Citizens' Committee was established to come up with a list of projects for each category after it passed. However, since specific projects were not on the Splost Ballot, it left the door open for members of the BOC to move, add, or delete projects from one district to another.  I personally prefer an established projects list at specific locations...taking the politics out of the equation.

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WORKFORCE

One would only need to ride around Douglas County to see that there is a workforce shortage.  Signs like “Hiring” are in front of more businesses than we have seen in decades.  The shutdown during the pandemic and flow of government checks has made people to rethink working since the government is going to “take care of them”.  it seems as if the American dream of working hard to accomplish success is on its way out!  Result – Socialism.

That kind of thinking has dominoded down to our county where fewer candidates apply for Public Safety positions. Add this factor with the competition from the larger counties' big budgets results in a shortage of these crucial positions.  Also, as if throwing gasoline on the fire, the creation of the  new position of aides for and by the three district commissioners (Carthan, Mitchell, and Robinson) at an annual salary of $56K, caused a serious moral problem in the existing workforce.   Our starting pay for Public Safety at that time started around $36K for both deputies and firemen - $20K less than the aides’ starting  salary.

These are just some of the issues we are facing that have caused personnel shortages.  The BOC did give an across the board raise…10% over 2 years for administrative personnel and 15% over 2 years for public safety.  This did little, if anything, to correct the  problem. We actually need to redo the entire payscale for county employees, which is a huge project, which should be pursued immediaely.

HOME OWNERSHIP

It has become evident that home ownership is declining, while corporations are buying up houses to filp them into rental properties.  One of the largest corporations buying up our real estate is one from China called Blackrock…something which should be of concern. Click on link below:
https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/cobb/investor-owned-housing-emerging-as-key-issue-for-metro-atlanta-officials/VWL3XP45DNDGRE5OF3X4HN53BQ/ [ajc.com]

At the end of our last BOC meeting on June 7, I challenged the Board to correct a mistake they made in December 2020 regarding the fees and a supplement for a newley elected official, whose income for 2021 ended up totaling over $250,000.  Hopefully, they will address this in the near future.

                                                              DEPOPULATION

Bill Gates and many speakers at the World Economic Forum recently may be getting their wish....Depopulate the World by millions/billions.  The population of America and other countries such as Japan are on the decline because of deep concerns over the following:

Climate Control
World Chaous
Lawlessness/Crime
Cost of Living/Inflation
Threat of War
Food Shortage
Another Pandemic

I have often stated that the deadliest Virus in the World is FEAR!

"HILLSDALE deserves the appreciation of all who labor for freedom."  Ronald Reagan when referring to Hillsdale College. Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution | Hillsdale College Online Courses
For God has not given us a Spirit of Fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7
 

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MAY 2022

EARLY VOTING

Early Voting began Monday, May 2, 2022 here in Douglas County.  The Primary Vote is May 24th, and there are seven sites in which citizens can vote early:

Douglas County Courthouse
OLD Courthouse
Woodie Fite Senior Center
Lithia Springs Senior Center
Dog River Library
Boundary Waters Aquatic Center
Deer Lick Park

TIME:         9 AM – 5 PM

SATURDAY VOTING on May 7 and May 14:
Douglas County Courthouse
Dog River Public Library
Woodie Fite Senior Center
Deer Lick Park

PRIMARY VOTE DAY IS THE 24TH OF MAY, 2022 – deadline to register has passed to vote in Primary

NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER????  Go to
 Register to Vote | Georgia.gov

Check your voter Status: Home (ga.gov)

GENERAL ELECTION IS November 8, 2022, - deadline to register to vote in General Election is October 11

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DOUGLAS COUNTY???

HERSCHEL WALKER

DATE:         THIS SATURDAY MAY 14TH

TIME:         9:30 AM

PLACE:  Clinton PARK ON EPHESUS CHURCH ROAD

EVERYONE INVITED

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UH OH!! – Not only do we have to wait months and months to get new vehicles due to the “chip” shortage, but now batteries in the electric vehicles will most likely be  face with a shortage of the required “Lithium” according to Market Watch - How Lithium Shortages Could Sink the EV Transition - MarketWatch

“Well, to quote a famous pair in American comedy, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, “That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten (us) into.”

Have you priced a used car lately – OUT OF SIGHT!
But they have chips........

"When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon" Thomas Paine

DISTRICT 4 ANNOUNCEMENTS

FREE PET VACCINATION EVENT

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2022

AWARDING CONTRACTS

In the BOC meeting of February 15, there was an exchange between myself and Commissioner Robinson over a contract award in the amount of $175K without going through the bid process.  The contract was to “educate the public on a Splost” as our current one is up for renewal this year.  By law, the County cannot spend tax dollars to advocate for or against a Splost…only to educate.  During the “discussion”, I asked District 3 Commissioner Carthan, Chair of the Purchasing Oversight Committee, where her committee stood on this not going to bid.  Her response was, “it fell under professional services.”  During my many years on the BOC, this term was used to refer to occupations requiring special training and degrees or licenses such as architects, accountants, engineers, and attorneys.  Marketing to educate the public on something they have been paying for the past 6 years is a stretch of the definition of “professional services”.

Days later I learned there is no record of a  committee meeting recommending or even discussing this contract; so my question is who authorized this contract to be placed on the Consent Agenda without following normal procedure, and who set the scope and amount of the contract.   The amount of the contract was actually revised over night from $155K to $175K…the reason given was to cover "Other Direct Costs such as advertising, printing, etc." which had been erroneously left off the contract the day before.

It concerns me that 1 or 2 commissioners can designate the recipient of large contracts without publicly vetting or discussing them, can circumvent the Committee procedure, and can add them on the Consent Agenda for the BOC to vote.  As we know the area of awarding contracts in cities and counties is where many illegal occurrences arise, evident by current and past headlines.  My fear is that this procedure, if goes unchecked, could lead down that slippery slope here in Douglas County. 

Let’s Talk About Change (Free Event) – with Sheriff Tim Pounds

WHAT:                  SPRING FESTIVAL – Food – Inflatable’s - Law Enforcement Vehicles
Vendors wanted ($25 per space)
 Contact Shelly Kimball (678) 486-1297 or email at skimball@sheriff.douglas.ga.us

WHEN:                  March 26 – 10am to 4pm

WHERE:                Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

DUH – DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?                                                                           

-In 2020 – America was Energy Independent for first time since 1957
-Biden immediately shut down the Keystone Pipeline
-11,000 American jobs were lost at the stroke of his pen
-Biden approves the Nord Stream pipeline for Russia
-Now we buy hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and other petroleum products
       a day from Russia
-Millions of US dollars a day is now PAID to Russia
-Now, in the US, gas prices soar while inflation has surged to 7.5% for all Americans
-Biden sanctions Russia and supporters over Ukraine conflict

CHIPS AND MINERALS

The Fire Department has patiently been awaiting the arrival of some Quick Response Vehicles ordered several months ago.  The delivery has been held up by the “chips” from China being unavailable.  Have you ever stopped to realize our dependency on Communist China?  We have probably seen on the News about the chips’ shortage and the lost of revenue to the vehicle industry…and we know that almost any kind of machinery REQUIRES chips…appliances, computers, machines, air planes, all vehicles, missiles, etc…I think you get the picture.  We also depend on China for Rare Earth Minerals used in medicines and other things.

Now, I know Americans are capable of manufacturing chips; but, "it is cheaper to import them from China."  However, it may not prove to be cheaper, if and when, they hold us hostage over their supply.  Also, America has Rare Earth Minerals deposits here in our country; but again,"it is cheaper to import them from China."  

These are two commodities we all depend on and are crucial to our very existence and independence.  Urge your Representatives and Senators to incentivize American companies that will produce these products HERE IN AMERICA!  If we start today, it could still take years to roll out the products.

"TRUTH WILL ULTIMATELY PREVAIL WHERE PAINS ARE TAKEN TO BRING IT TO LIGHT."
George Washington

WATCH DISTRICT DIALOGUE WITH District 4 Commissioner, Ann Jones Guider

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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2022

MY RETIREMENT

It is with bitter- sweet emotions that I announce that I will not be seeking re-election this year, and that my term as your District 4 Commissioner will end on December 31.  It has been such an honor to serve you during my tenure that began in 2011 as your commissioner.  I have always strived to respect and listen to the citizens, and, when voting, tried to do so in such a manner I believed was best for Douglas County.

I do feel that it is important to have a conservative voice on the BOC and plan to back a candidate who will represent Douglas County and District 4 in this manner.  I will not steal  their thunder by disclosing their name at this time, thus allowing them to do so.

I can assure you I am not going anywhere and that I plan to stay involved in my community and local politics.  I also want to continue with my Newsletter to keep the citizens informed.  Again, it has been my privilege to serve you, and remind you that I am still the District 4 Commissioner until the end of this year.

A SECOND OPINION – SENATOR RON JOHNSON

I have always been an advocate for free speech although there is a lot of which I fervently disagree.  However, when main stream media and social media start censoring one side of an issue and only allowing the other side to go out to the American people, it frightens me.  When you are allowed to hear only one side to any issue, you are being brainwashed and your power to make decisions for yourself are taken away. Our Founding Fathers fought about the issues in writing and subsequent adopting our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but they never censored either side.  In fact, the Federalist Papers were  published in many cities and states beforehand, resolving the fears and differences of opinions (federalist papers - Yahoo Search Results).  I personally believe the Federalist Papers and their arguments about our founding should be a topic of discussion in every school in America.

However, getting back to my original point, free speech is crucial to a free country.  Ben Franklin once said, “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.”  When we see social media allowing sites/comments on child pornography or the destruction of America by a foreign leader to be spewed all over the internet but will not allow the voices of qualified and renowned  doctors/scientists/researchers/specialists to be heard, I get suspicious and ask “why”.  Senator Ron Johnson has held his 3rd open panel allowing these voices and their opinions simply to be heard regarding something that has almost destroyed our country and their opinions on different treatments for it.  Whether you watch it or not is up to you alone.  It is called “A Second Opinion”, and I see no harm in sharing the link from a sitting congressman on CSpan. OANN television will also be airing it again on January 30 at 6 pm.

VIDEO RELEASE Sen. Ron Johnson COVID-19: A Second Opinion Panel Garners Over 800... (senate.gov)

WHY SALES TAX COLLECTIONS ARE GROWING

During the pandemic, many people chose to order their food on line or carry-out from restaurants.  When the BOC were looking at the revenues for the county during the budget process, we found our sales tax had greatly increased.  Of course, that is mostly because of the on-line sales tax law changes made a couple of years back..

Not only do you pay sales tax on food carried out or consumed at a restaurant, but any that you may order on line. Most of your food items bought at a local grocery store are exempt from the state’s sales tax.  Our largest contributor for the growth in sales tax turned out to be food and alcohol.

You can draw your own conclusion from this…

"AMERICA BELONGS TO 'WE THE PEOPLE.'  It does not belong to Congress.  It doesn't belong to special interest groups.  It does not belong to the courts.  It belongs to 'We the People...'"
John Jay

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2021

2022 BUDGET

I have always contended that the BUDGET drives the Tax Rate, because on January 1 the spending begins. That said, the budget for 2022 does adhere to Douglas County’s new policy – The new budget cannot be more than the prior year’s revenues.  It is certainly not a perfect budget, as there is no such thing.   I have stated in televised meetings that revenues are very under- estimated in the 2022 budget due to 3 reasons:  1) Estimating  a lower than usual tax collection % (93% vs. 96%),  2) Not considering all the unspent dollars by Departments,  and #3) showing no “growth” in the digest.

 I even estimate we will have close to $10 million dollars over the estimated revenues for 2021, when we finalize our current budget on March 31, 2022.  Only time will tell.

Nevertheless, the county will have a very healthy Fund Balance for both 2021 and 2022, if the temptation of adjusting /adding to the budget is controlled.  The Feds certainly were helpful with the millions they funneled down to the county, allowing the county to use federal money in lieu of our local tax dollars on many needed items/projects.

I voted for this budget not only because it does meet our new policy... which prevents future large tax increases like was done in 2020, but also because we ear-marked millions from our Fund Balance each year to Public Safety.

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                                            REDISTRICTING MAPS

The new redistricting maps have passed the first hurdle, and they will be available for public viewing soon.  They will be available not only on the county website but at various locations...all libraries, Deer Lick & Boundary Waters Activity Centers, all Senior Centers, & Courthouse..  The final vote on them is slated for the January 4, 2022, BOC meeting.  Because Douglas County had very little growth reflected in the 2020 census, there were little changes made in the 4 commission districts’ lines.  The addition of the north side of Berea Road from Mason Creek to Pool Road was the only change to my District 4, and those citizens will soon receive notices from the Elections Board of this change.

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FOXHALL has submitted a NEW abatement proposal to be considered by the county which is much more in line with plans granted to other businesses.  This proposal sould be on the January 4, 2022, Agenda.  Many changes were made from their 2016 proposal in their new proposal, and these changes are spelled out below:

Old 2016 Agreement

New Proposed Agreement

95 Acres abated

50 Acres abated

Roads built by FH, transferred to County as public roads to be maintained by County

Roads built by FH, remain private and maintained by FH, to Fire & EMS Standards

Sales Tax went to FH to cover bonded indebtedness

All local Sales Tax will be paid to County and Schools

30 year 100% abatement on both hotel and conference center

15 Year tax partial abatement on hotel, villas and clubhouse: Years 1-5 100% that then decreases 5% a year for next 10 years  (ends after Year 15)

$40M revenue bond issuance for conference center issued by Development Authority which could possibly have fallen back on county.

$40M of non-recourse revenue bonds for conference center issued by Development Authority (i.e.no financial obligation to county/taxpayers

Hotel/Motel Tax went back to FH to cover bonded indebtedness (large % of this tax required by law to be spent on Tourism)

Hotel/Motel Tax will go back to FH to cover bond indebtedness/offset marketing costs (large % of this tax required by law to be spent on Tourism)

The above plan is to help fund …

  • 250 rooms in Westin Hotel (branded)
  • 200 rooms in villas (unbranded)​​​​​
  • 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a market, light retail

IVERMECTIN –  NOT JUST A HORSE MEDICINE

Many have ridiculed and even vilified the drug,  Ivermectin, while others  swear to its effectiveness  against  the COVID virus, both for prevention and treatment.  Although easily attainable and inexpensive, this drug has even been labeled  a “horse’ medicine while  more expensive drugs are the commonly used protocol for treatment.  We all know many  drugs are used on both humans and animals; i.e., penicillin, at DIFFERENT DOSAGES, but the main stream media censored the pro side of Ivermectin, which is at this time still NOT approved by the FDA for  treatment against Covid.   Perhaps the links below will help you get a clearer picture on this topic.  Most of these links are from government sites…I am simply sharing what many media outlets have failed to do:

Nobel Prize for Ivermectin’s use for humans.

Ivermectin: a multifaceted drug of Nobel prize-honoured distinction with indicated efficacy against a new global scourge, COVID-19 - PubMed (nih.gov)

EFFICACY OF IVERMECTIN – REDUCING THE MORTALITY RATE

Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines (nih.gov)

W.H.O (World Health Organization) recommends against Remdesivir (a popular protocol used by many)

Https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-recommends-against-the-use-of-remdesivir-in-covid-19-patients

NIH GUIDELINES FOR TREATMENT –#1 -  Remdesimir (Approved)  versus # 5 – Ivermectin (Still Under Clinical Trials) -note the Adverse Affects of each

Table: Characteristics of Potential Antiviral Agents | COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines (nih.gov)

Add-on Payments to doctors and hospitals when they use Remdesimir

New COVID-19 Treatments Add-On Payment  from Medicare/Medicaid (NCTAP) | CMS

Senator Ron Johnson’s Committee Hearing – Doctors testify under oath

User Clip: Dr. Pierre Kory US Senate hearing - Ivermectin is 100% cure for COVID-19 - Bing video

LIVE: Anti-Vaccine Doctor Testifies at Senate Homeland Security Hearing on Covid-19 Treatments - YouTube

Lawsuits

FLCCC-Marik-Case-Release-FINAL-Nov-9.pdf (covid19criticalcare.com)

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Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

Voltaire

 

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