Archive for July 27th, 2011
Clayton County Georgia residents are suffering as a result of a history of government miss-management, a screwed up school system, corruption in the police department, increasing crime rates, and declining property values.
Today the county residents are now faced with a 5 mil tax increase which equates to a 34% increase in property taxes. This tax hike is an effort to prevent a $30 million deficit. In reality their taxes are going up because the middle class residents are leaving the county. They are sick of the corruption which has haunted Clayton County for years.
Residents need to band together to clean up their county and this can only be done by showing up at county meetings in mass. Bitching around the water cooler accomplishes absolutely nothing. Get off your butts and go to every county board meeting you can and be heard. Vote! Get out there and vote the money wasting officials out! If you think this 34% tax increase is going to fix the counties problems then you are seriously ignorant. As long as the current status quo is in power, you will continue to decline and lose your middle class base.
Clayton has a history of corruption by its elected officials where officers, politicians and even judges have been charged and even convicted of corruption.
Many have heard of former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and his corrupted actions - Like firing over 27 county employees for no valid reasons, or being fined $2000 for misappropriation of county funds for his campaign.
How about this one – He gave friends who were not sworn law enforcement officers official badges. Then there was the allegation of missing funds from drug and propriety forfeiture.
More problems in the Clayton county were loss of accreditation of its county schools.
There have also been allegations that the Clayton County Jail arrest and hold inmates for state tax dollars, and not necessarily because of the inmates guilt.
You folks in Clayton County have a lot of problems to deal with and they can only be stopped by you. Although I am no longer a resident of Clayton County, I do however have much respect for Commissioner Eldrin Bell who I worked with on a search team back in 1979 during the famous missing and child murders case in Atlanta. Bell was Deputy Police Chief back then and was promoted to Chief. He was well liked and respected for being a “tough cop” who took charge and sent a hard message to criminals in Atlanta. Eldrin Bell is a good man.
Clayton County residents need to take a firm stand and save yourselves now before you wake up one morning to discover that your town has been taken over by criminals and crooked politicians. You have the power to change things. – John Roycroft