01 March 2020

[Bess Tuggle] - IMHO: The Week in Review - Newton Co. & Covington Both Financially Reckless

I really don’t know what to think about our city or county government anymore, but I’ve decided I’d run for office if I had the stomach for it…  I don’t.  I’d also move, if I knew where to go.

Someone PLEASE tell me who’s in charge of how our tax dollars are spent.  It would be nice if I learned that before I blow a gasket.

We live on a budget.  Our household.  That means if we don’t have the money for something, we don’t get it.  Period.  We don’t have the luxury of transferring money between here and there, yet the BOC voted to transfer $1.3 million to SPLOST for the judicial expansion?  I don’t even know why we need an expansion!  I’ve been to the “new” courthouse.  It’s beautiful.  We’re losing judges and need a bigger facility?  

Yet “In an effort to assist Elevation Development Group in getting its 350 unit luxury complex at Covington Town Center off the ground and keep it from being, as council member Susie Keck put it, “a pile of dirt,” the City Council unanimously approved waiving the water and sewer tap fees.  It would be nice if I could get the same discount.  Wait!  I’m a tax payer, so I don’t matter.  And where are these people gonna work?  Covington and Newton County don’t have the jobs to support that growth, unless they wanna work at McDonalds, Wendy’s or Wal-Mart.  I’m available for hire if you pay over $8.00 per hour.

It’s time to get a grip, my friends.  Or leave, en masse, ‘cause the ship is sinking and I can only swim so long.

PS:  My lunch offer to District Commissioner Stan Edwards is rescinded.  Marshall, I’ll give you a heads-up when I got the chicken ‘n dumplins ready (Ed. note: Stan loses; Yours Truly wins. Can't wait, Bess! - MB McCart)

A jack of all trades, Ms. Tuggle has been a Covington resident since the late 70’s. She's been a K-Mart cashier, cabinet builder, vet tech, office manager for a beef cattle ranch and water well company (where she was able to hold benefits for D.A.R.E. and Scouts), a court reporter, business manager, assistant at a private investigation firm, legal assistant, convenience store clerk, landscaper and elementary school substitute teacher.  Her greatest pleasure is being a wife, mother and grandmother.  Her stories are all real, and all names will be withheld to protect the innocent, and also maybe the guilty, depending on the crime & the Statute of Limitations.  


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