Jim Folts   Blount County Commissioner


“To stand in silence, when they should be protesting, makes cowards out of men” - Abraham Lincoln

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  • Blount County Commission - Thursday May17th, 7:00 pm, room 430, Blount County Courthouse
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The Blount County Commissioners

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April 2012 Report

Other county commissions are in the thick of budget debates. They are worrying about out-of-control pension costs. They are talking about how to reduce medical costs. They are looking at ways to cut the bloated budgets of wasteful departments.

Meanwhile, the Blount County Commission has not spent any time discussing the budget. Blount County has all the problems mentioned above, plus a few that are unique to our county. The budget proposal includes a salary increase for all county employees. The Human Resources Committee, where nearly all of the members are county employees or close relatives, has refused to consider any employee payments to defray the cost of their free medical insurance. Very little is being said about the plight of our county taxpayers. Yet, the Commission is content to do nothing. The Budget Committee has not even briefed the full Commission on where it stands in its budget work and what size tax increase we may be facing.

That is why nothing very significant happened at the April Commission meetings.

A new zoning ordinance, that is supposed to provide for better quality development aimed at preserving our beautiful mountain vistas, was sent to the County lawyer for more review.

A resolution permitting the establishment of "no parking" zones on county roads was about the only thing of significance passed by the Commission last month. But even this resolution manages to offend our citizens. It provides for citizens in an area to petition the Highway Department and the Sheriff to establish "no parking" zones in a neighborhood. Then, the resolution insults our citizens by setting a charge of $75 for the privilege of submitting a petition to their government. This is nonsense. I pointed out that many of our citizens are scrambling to find enough gas money to get to work. Commissioner Scott Helton, a county employee himself, said it should be no big deal for citizens to raise $75. I was the only Commissioner to vote against the resolution.

The new budget has to be approved by June. Perhaps the Commission will get around to some serious budget discussions in May.

It would probably be a good idea to call the Commissioners and remind them that the plight of the hard-pressed citizens needs to be considered in the budget discussions.

Only YOU can change YOUR government
PLEASE come to the Commission meeting Thursday, May 17th at 7:00pm in Room 430 of the Courthouse