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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

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY

MY OPINION...

It is perplexing as I watch the news to see people in the streets of Cuba shouting “Freedom” while waving the American flag and later seeing the people in the streets of America burning that same flag. One must ask how can citizens of a foreign country respect our flag and recognize its values more than those who have lived in America all of their lives?  Perhaps the answer is that those living in other countries have witnessed first-hand life under the rule of a tyrannical government while we take for granted the liberties and freedom we enjoy every day.

I personally witnessed the long lines outside the food stores in Cuba while traveling there before the ports were closed.  Food in Cuba is rationed to the point of starvation to the average person, while the government officials live as royalty.  Someone told me each person is allotted 5 eggs a month.  Just recently the government blocked access to the internet to all their citizens to prohibit them from knowing what is going on in the country.  Can you imagine how Americans would react to that…although we now see that creeping into America in the form of censorship by Big Tech…and it frightens me to say with the consent of our government?

I only wish those Americans pushing for socialism/Marxism here in America could sit down and talk to those people in Cuba….or even Hong Kong where the same thing is happening…just to hear the other point of view, since we no longer hear this in our colleges and schools.  Socialism is one step away from communism.  You would think we would have curiosity about why we burn our flag and they wave it.  Even with all the past sins and short-comings America has and still has…along with every country that exists today or has every existed…it is still the greatest country on God’s earth.  I am not saying she is perfect, but if you are looking for perfection you will not find it in this world, and you will miss the blessings you already enjoy while seeking it.  It is simply the difference of freedom versus slavery, choosing whether you want to have the right of “pursuit of happiness” or have the government determine what happiness you can have.  God Bless America!!

2020 CENSUS – THE NUMBERS ARE IN…..

The numbers from the 2020 Census have been released.  The 2020 Census will be used to determine how many congressional seats each state receives in  terms of changes in congressional seats.  According to the counts, “this is the smallest change since 1941”.  Georgia’s number of congressional seats remains the same; however the states of Texas, Florida, and North Carolina gained seats and West Virginia lost a seat.  “One congressional seat now represents 761,169 people, which is an increase of about 50,000 people”.

Highlights in the press release included the following:  “The US population per the 2020 Census is 331, 449, 281. The Georgia population is 10,711,908.  Georgia had a 10.6% increase in population from 2010. As a country, our population has increased by 7.4% since 2010 with the south having the fastest growth of any other region at 10.2%. However, as a country we have experienced the slowest growth rate since the 1940 Census.  The state with the highest population is California and the state with the lowest population is Wyoming. The fastest population growth state was Utah. You can view the population and apportionment maps which shows growth by the US, region, and state from 1910-2020  here. [u2305648.ct.sendgrid.net]

“Redistricting data will be distributed on August 16 (this is the untabulated,legacy files) with the finalized files being distributed by September 30. As a reminder, Georgia has the technical capacity to tabulate the legacy data that will be distributed on August 16. This data will have the county and city level data as well as demographic data for the state.”  The Board of Commissioners will use this data when redrawing county districts; this process should start in August or September.

Further information regarding the above reapportionment release may be accessed at 2020 Census Apportionment Counts Press Kit [u2305648.ct.sendgrid.net].

The Board of Commissioners will be having their Mid-year Budget Retreat on August 12 and 13 at the new Senior Citizen facility in Lithia Springs
The Trailhead at Clinton Nature Preserve (8720 Ephesus Church Road) is officially opened.  Most everyone in the western side of the county know about Clinton park, which offers 10 miles of hiking/biking trails on 200 acres of beautiful terrain, a walking track, an ADA playground, picnic pavilions, and open areas to enjoy.  The new Trailhead also includes a new pavilion and a mini amphitheater.
Small Business Grants in the amount of $2500 are still available.  To apply or obtain further information go to www.elizatethbaptist.org or email tstewartstanley@co.douglas.ga.us.

"A Nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved.  It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

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