Howdy, Buckaroos, it's scamp Marshall time again..."yeah we're gonna try to slide one by ya' once more."
Jerry Jeff Walker, an American Treasure, folks!
What a day! What a week, though, I guess it's technically the new week now - we all know how that works.
I don't even know where to start...
Newton County - a primary political subdivision of the great state of GA - is probably about to go down. I'm really thinking we will. I'm truly starting to believe that we will beat Dekalb & Clayton in the race to the bottom - the first county to...dissolve, go bankrupt, both, etc & et al? Who knows? I just know that - per the agreement, per the GA Constitution, we have to maintain 159 counties. How's all that gonna go down?
I think it's probably civil disobedience time. I believe at least a few hundred folks will be appealing their property assessments, as well they should. Most are a slam dunk. Yeah, we get that there's been property valuation increases - we get it - but why should a select few who have never played ball with the powers that be see increases ranging from 20 to 50% while the favored power elites are seeing undervaluations almost completely across the board. Do you think we're as dumb as y'all look and act?
What a joke!
And Covington...just damn. I love it, I even got the hat that everybody likes so much, but at this point? Dissolution? Go back to unincorporated Newton Co. but still be a "community," "hamlet," "town," or "village?" Whatevs...Can we just do away with all zoning laws & 75% of all traffic laws?
If they had just fixed the light at the Elm & Floyd like some of us have been trying to get done for about a decade, we may have been willing to not be ready to go full-on mode, but...you blew it. You continued to insist, in the words of the band Phish, that we be a "slave to the traffic light."
The next council meeting needs to be taken over & turned into a public forum. Go w/ Robert's Rules and just see what happens.
All benefits need to be done away with at all levels of government. All government employees shall become independent contractors and get paid private-sector wages.
That's how we fix it & stop things from turning into "The Road Warrior."
"WE WANT YOUR GASOLINE!"
So, but y'all are all gonna quit, right?
There is a myriad of solutions and contingency plans that many of us have been working on for many moons. I think there's a ton of folks who would work at between $15 & $40/per hour on an IC basis to take care of the core services of our local governments.
Like my ole pal used to talk about - the fundamental transformation is almost here, and that, my friends, is ultimately a good thing. And as another buddy of mine has more recently said - they must have not gotten the memo! It's time to make Covington & Newton Great Again!
Things aren't as they should be & we just have to fix them.
As a wise & weird carpenter I know here in the home county would say:
No Problems - Only Solutions
Hope this communique finds you & that it finds you well.
Yours Very Truly,
|Our pick for Governor of the Great State of Georgia|