DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2018

GENERAL PRIMARY –    MAY 22, 2018

Deadline to Register -     April 24, 2018

Advance Voting -             April 30 – May 18

2018 DISTRICT 4 PAVING PROGRAM

DISTRICT 4 - NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2018

2018 ELECTION - UNOPPOSED

I am SO-O-O HAPPY to announce that I have no opposition for District 4 Commissioner!  I am greatly humbled by the confidence the citizens of Douglas County have shown me.

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING - CANCELLED

The special called meeting that was to be held this Monday, February 26, on FOXHALL HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  A notice was simply sent out without giving any reason for the cancellation and without giving an alternative date.

I will keep you informed if OR when I hear otherwise.

 

District 4 - NEWSLETTER - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

RUN FOR RE-ELECTION

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY

BUS SYSTEM DOCUMENTED

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JAN.2

IMPORTANT MEETING

WHEN:                MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH
TIME:                  6:30 PM
WHERE:              DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
                             CITIZENS’ HALL

WHAT:                CHAIR-WOMAN ROMONA JACKSON JONES
                             TOWN HALL

District 4 Newsletter - EMAIL Correction

 

CORRECTION TO EMAIL LINK

Sorry for the incorrect email address to the Board of Commissioners…human error.    The CORRECT EMAIL to the Board of Commissioners is bdofcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us.

NEWSLETTER DISTRICT 4 - JANUARY

PUBLIC BUS SYSTEM - MY OPINION

Douglas County CANNOT afford or need a full-blown transit system with 4-routes, 2 of which actually travelling outside Douglas County into Cobb and Fulton counties.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - TOWN HALL FOLLOW-UP

2018 PROPOSED BUDGET

Attached hereto is the link to the most recent revised 2018 County Budget.  This budget could be revised before being adopted on December 19th.  This budget was sent to all commissioners on December 22nd as the recommendation from the Finance Committee.  

http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/newsupload/2017/11/2017112210023560/2018_Proposed_Budget_Memo_to_BOC__Citizens.pdf

PUBLIC MEETINGS ON BUDGET

DECEMBER 5 - 10 AM - Citizens Hall
DECEMBER 19 - 7 PM - Citizens Hall

Contact for Board of Commissioners- bdcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us or (770) 920-7266.

???QUESTIONS ASKED AT TOWN HALL???

1)  Are there any plans to widen POST ROAD?  As I stated at the meeting, I was unaware of any plan to do so.  I checked with the County Administrator and he has not heard of any plans to widen it either.
2)  If theTax Commissioner has collected all the back taxes that appeared in the newspaper, why is there a deficit?  After checking with Finance Department, they reported that about $2 million COUNTY back taxes had been collected thus far in 2017.   However, when the budget is comprised, delinquent tax is considered in estimated revenues for the next year.
3)  Why do contract employees get merit pay increases?  Departments Heads were placed under contract several administrations ago so the commissioners had more control over hiring and firing them.  This could only be accomplished by removing them from the Merit System. Somehow, the practice was then and continues today to treat them as regular employees when it comes to all pay increases.  After learning they get merit increases, I continue to question the reasoning behind this practice.
4)  What happens to the 4 buses (15-passenger vans) already delivered if system's funds are removed from 2018 budget?  This is yet to be determined.  However, even if the funds are not in the 2018 budget, the issue of the bus system is not DEAD.   The Transportation  Committee is still moving forward; however, there should be many opportunities and/or public meetings for the citizens to voice their opinions on this issue.
5)  How much has been spent on consultants regarding the Bus System?  The Transportation Services Study (covering ALL transporation services within Douglas County) done in 2015 cost $179,613 with a FTA grant paying $143,690 and the county's matching share  being $35,923.  The study done by the Transportation Committee in 2017 (totaling $7,444) conducted by Connetics was paid partly by a FTA grant of $5,955 and the match by the county of $1,489.

A question I get asked all the time is "What can I do to help shape the direction of our county?"  This is especially true when you work out of the area.  I would offer these suggestions:

1)  Subscribe to my Newsletter at  http://annjonesguider.com as I try to keep the citizens aware of  the most important issues before the BOC. You can also contact me at home thru this site.
2)  Watch the Work Sessions and the BOC Meetings at dctv23 
http://celebratedouglascounty.com OR onTV....
Direct-TV Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 23.  Meetings are on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of the month.

3)  Let YOUR voice be heard by emailing bdcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us or calling (770) 920-7266
to express your opinion and/or concerns.
4)  Talk to your neighbors and friends and encourage them to become involved too!

HWY 5 ROUND-ABOUT (Banks Mill/Pool Rd/Dorsett Shoals)
Shared by Ms. Anna Cobb from GDOT 

"This project is currently in the concept stage. The concept report has been prepared and submitted for approval. Preliminary design can begin once the concept report has been approved. Field surveys and environmental surveys have also been completed. Environmental technical studies are scheduled to begin in February 2018.

Regarding right-of-way acquisition, no land has been purchased for this project to date. Right-of-way acquisition can begin once the environmental document has been approved and right-of-way funds have been authorized. The project schedule currently shows right-of-way funds authorization in February of 2019.
Sam Allen
Project Manager

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER

TOWN HALL

ANN JONES GUIDER
DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
6 PM EPHESUS BAPTIST CHURCH
8445 EPHESUS CHURCH ROAD
VILLA RICA, GA 30180

PUBLIC INVITED

DOUGLAS BLVD POTHOLES – Bright Star Road to Hwy 5

I have received several calls about the potholes on Douglas Blvd. between Bright Star Road and Hwy. 5.  Although this road is in District 4, it falls inside the city limits of Douglasville and under their responsibility.  I have talked with someone at City Hall about it, and I was told it will probably be next spring before it is repaired.  The project would be quite extensive since there are 5 lanes involved.  So, keep dodging the holes and hang in there until next spring.

2018 PROPOSED BUDGET

The BOC met last week to go over the budget figures brought forth by staff.  To say the least, it was very disturbing as expected Revenues are $8.6 million UNDER preliminary Expenditures.  There is much work to do to balance this budget.  Between now and next month, we will all be diligently working to do so. A lot of cuts are expected to be made, but hopefully, the cuts will have the least adverse affect on the citizens.  Revenues are down in Sales Tax, some Court fines, Jail surcharges, and Rideshare fees.  Sales Tax is also split between the county and the cities in accordance with the Service Delivery Agreement between the two entities.  On-line sales have greatly affected sales tax collections by the State.

I will keep you apprised of the progress as we work through it all.  There will be two Public Meetings on December 5 and 19 on the adoption of the final budget.  I will remind  you again as those dates draw nearer.

 

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