So There 2/28/15 – 1:36pm

Author : Just sayin’

It’s a crummy little golf course, too.

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Let The Private Sector 2/26/15 – 9:39pm

From: Surely NOT

Commissioner Jeffery Smith’s taxpayer funded, self-serving crusade is mentioned in the Herald Journal this week in a letter to the editor.  It appears that the writer acknowledges that all golf courses lose money, but somehow the taxpayers should fund this hobby anyway.  The private golf course is set to be auctioned off and already has interested private parties, so why should the taxpayers be burdened?  Does Commissioner Smith want the taxpayer subsidy to keep his tee-time costs down?  Why in the world would the Board of Commissioners get involved in this rather than allow the private sector to chart the course without the use of our tax dollars?  Doesn’t the county have to have an appraisal based on a current, recent survey, and considerate of the recent business activity and membership level?  How irresponsible it would be to spend tax dollars to support a hobby…even more irresponsible to do so without any idea whether it is worth the investment (appraisal), and how much tax
money will be needed every year to subsidize the maintenance and operation.

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Pay Close Attention 2/26/15 – 8:58pm

From: TaxPayer

The District 2 Commissioner sent an email to all other commissioners seeking support for purchasing the private golf course country club.  He then raised the issue during a public county commission meeting last week trying get the support to pay around $650,000.00 of  our tax dollars or more for the private golf course country club.  He was unable to provide a business plan for the operational model, or just how much the taxpayers would have to pay to subsidize the money pit in future years.  There was obviously no thought put into the proposal, just desire to keep his tee time available to him at the taxpayers’ expense.  This proposal, if pursued, would be an absolute disaster at our expense.  Thankfully, it does not appear that the other BOC members have any support for this self-serving proposal, but we better pay close attention and make sure no back-room deal gets pushed through, and communicate with our elected officials on the county commission.

Commissioners:
Chairman Ed Bullard
District One Angela Deering
District Two Jeffery Smith
District Three John Human
District Four Jimmy Britt

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Housing Trends 2/26/15 – 8:16pm

From: Rich

Just finished a few articles on housing trends for 2015 and these were some of the lowlights….

1. Prices will rise more slowly
2. Affordability will worsen
3. Mortgage interest rates will rise
4. Foreclosures will match pre-recession levels

How is this going to play out for the RP market?  I’ve been watching the listing prices drop and drop, where is the market bottom???  These indicators are very concerning for those of us trying to sell.

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Name Please 2/26/15 – 8:11pm

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

If it’s a fact that a Greene County commissioner proposed buying the “out of business” golf course would someone please post his name….and more details.

Has there been anything in “The Herald Journal” about it?

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Clean Up 2/25/15 – 10:57am

Author : Victoria Goode
Tell him to use the money to clean up the trash along HWY 44, really not attractive!

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Golf/Country Club 2/24/15 – 9:49pm

From: TaxPayer

Say it Isn’t So…PLEASE!!!

I was told today that one of the Greene County commissioners wants to use our tax dollars to buy a private golf course country club out near Union Point where he has been a member.  Golf courses, including this one, lose money every year and there is no business plan even offered as to how this course would operate, and how much tax money would be needed each year to operate the facilities.  Please tell me that our tax dollars would not be used to support the hobby of a select few!  First was LOA, now a private golf course??  What happened to focusing on essential county government services?  Wake up…our tax dollars are being wasted by self-serving elected officials!!!  We already soundly turned down buying golf courses and club facilities, but watch out, here goes a rogue commissioner trying to use our tax dollars to keep his hobby available to him at great expense to us year-after-year-after-year-after-year!

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Happy Presidents Day 2015

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BOE 2/16/15 – 12:11pm

From: yogia7

Is there a way to recall them?

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BOE 2/16/15 – 11:23am

From: yogia7

Is there a way to recall them?

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Independent 2/16/15 – 11:21am

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

As to the RADIO SHACK:

I asked one time and was told they are an  ”Independent” store and expected to remain open.  I guess time will tell.

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Not On List 2/16/15 – 11:16am

Author : Just sayin’

It’s not on the list of Radio Shack stores that are scheduled to close. I suspect, tho, that the name may change.

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Can’t Wait That Long 2/15/15 – 7:09pm

Author : Taxpayer

District 1 and 3 just got elected in November and terms end in 2018
District 2 and 4 and the chair are up in 2016

Not sure the kids or the taxpayers of Greene County can wait that long for some responsible government officials.

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Closing? 2/15/15 – 4:50pm

From: Anybody Know

Does anybody know what’s in store for the local Radio Shack since its parent company has declared bankruptcy? If it has to be closed we’ll certainly miss it. Also post office.

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Next Election 2/15/15 – 2:34pm

From: yogia7

when is the next election for the B.O.E.?   we could fire them then!!!!

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It’s The BOE 2/15/15 – 12:06pm

Author : Taxpayer

Yogia you are right!  Our BOE is the problem and has been the problem for a long time in this county.   There are several representatives who DO NOT want to make changes in the school system to improve the school system. The reason LOA is successful is because it has it’s own board and isn’t forced to work within the current Greene county system.  It is sad because there is no desire to improve.  As a matter of fact, our elementary school is on the list of schools which new legislation if passed will allow the state to take over the school because it is so under-performing.

We have a fantastic Superintendant and at the meeting I attended 2 weeks ago and it was very clear to me that the agenda of some of our BOE is to fire him.  It is also clear that they do no intend on following the ESPLOST referendum and intend to reallocate monies to things which we the taxpayers didn’t agree to.  This will result in higher taxes in addition to the ESPLOST.   LOA isn’t the problem in our county, it’s the blueprint we need to follow for the rest of the county.

Can we fire the BOE?

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Needs To Be Fixed 2/14/15 – 4:22pm

From: yogia7

It seems to me that we don’t have a very effective  B.O.E. if we have one failing and one successful school system. MAYBE  THE B.O.E. IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED.

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Error 2/14/15 – 2:53pm

Author : To: yogia7

Thanks for pointing out my error…of course, I meant the SUCCESSFUL one is LOA.

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2015

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No Sense 2/13/15 – 10:23am

From: yogia7

to . green/loa

your message doesn’t make sense.

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Pay Attention 2/13/15 – 8:28am

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

C’mon loa supporters….pay attention to what has been said…and DONE since the outset.

“There are none so blind as they who will not see”!

Failing school system..perhaps…but was that the reason to duplicate a school for what seems to be a select few?  And yet….the ENTIRE Greene County tax payers paid for it locak, stock, and barrel.  But in the case of the “campus”….the land, the building and the teachers etc etc etc.

And yet the taxes are still TOO high…..

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Greene Co /LOA 2/12/15 – 3:04pm

Author : To: yogia7

I believe they mean that the failing school system is the Greene county public school system and the failing one, as we all know, is the LOA charter school.

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What’s Missing? 2/12/15 – 1:03pm

From: yogia7

how can you have a failing school system and a successful one under the same BOE  what am I missing?

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No Sense 2/12/15 – 8:29am

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

There’s no sense in trying to have discourse with those in constant denial!

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Taxes Or Looks 2/11/15 – 7:52pm

From: Lake Resident

To: THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

Tax payers pay for the school, just like all the other GSCC schools that are failing the kids.

I’m sure you did your research on property taxes before you moved here and saw how cheap it was compared to any other golf community.

I haven’t read one time where you’ve complained about your taxes being spent on a failing school system. If you have I apologize for saying that.

So again, is it taxes or way the school looks?

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Will Be Paying More but For What 2/11/15 – 7:45pm

Author : Taxpayer

I just want to make sure I have your position correct, you are ok with taxes as long as they go towards a failing program, but you are against a program that has used your tax dollars and shown you results.  Hmmmm.

We’ll buckle up Curmudgeon because it’s about to get bumpy in Greene County.  The BOE plans on you paying more in taxes. In fact, their failure to approve ESPLOST funds toward payment of a loan to add additional facilities at LOA and UPSE are going to cost Greene county taxpayers plenty.  Not to mention the fact that our tax dollars paid for a 5 year Strategic Plan, which the BOE doesn’t want because it would actually define expectations and hold the BOE, faculty, staff, students and parents accountable.  The BOE is trying to fire the Superintendant because although clearly qualified for the job, he isn’t the right person.  I wonder why?

You are clearly not attending these BOE meetings to see what is going on.  LOA is a National Blue Ribbon School ranked 38 out of the top 50 elementary schools in the whole country.  Who paid for that, YOU DID, I DID, WE ALL DID and we should be very proud of this fantastic educational achievement. It is the role model for what the whole county could be like and we should reward results.

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Taxpayers Paid 2/11/15 – 5:03pm

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

Want to talk taxes?….they’re too high in Greene County for what we get.  They’re too high in surrounding counties as well.

Want to check other states?  Go check out Alabama and see the difference.

Now..let’s talk about the loa and how it came about.  WHO paid for the land?  Who paid for the buildings?  Who’s paying for the operating expenses and the debt?  THE TAXPAYERS.

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What Schools Look Like 2/10/15 – 10:03pm

To: THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

Yes, really. I’m confused on what you seem to be upset about. Taxes, or what the school looks like?

If it’s taxes, ask yourself
1. “how long have I lived in Greene County and paid taxes on a failing school system?”

2. “How many times have I approached the BOE And complained about my taxes bring wasted to a failing school system?”

Again if it’s taxes your complaining about you should look around at the surrounding counties to compare what your paying living in Greene County.

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Student Well Being, Not Buildings 2/10/15 – 9:55pm

Author : Taxpayer

I would be more worried about the fact that 78% of voters passed the ESPLOST tax and now the BOE is trying to reallocate the funds.  This is a bigger issue. The money and power, not the well being of the kids in Greene County schools is what is on the table with the current elected officials.  I encourage you to attend a board meeting to see just how dysfunctional they are, then you will see why Greene county schools rank in the bottom 10% yet we spend more than any surrounding county.

LOA is a National Blue ribbon School, ranked 38 out of ALL elementary schools in the Country. They are setting high standards and getting results.  Why can’t Greene county improve?  Perhaps it needs a BOE that actually cares about the students.  We have a very impressive. Superintendent in place, and they are trying to oust him. That should make your blood boil, not buildings at LOA.

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Taxes Lower Than Metro 2/10/15 – 10:30am

Author : B. Stew

LOA is an asset to Greene Co and RP.  I am trying to relocate my family to RP as I type and one of the major reasons is LOA.  I hear and understand the gripes about taxes et al but my research has shown me that the property taxes in Greene are much lower than the counties around the metro areas.  They are almost half of what I pay at my current residence (to the tune of almost $2000 per year).  I believe it is a win for the County as well as the RP area real estate.  One other note about taxes is that at least the County property taxes are spent locally.

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