Posts tagged county
By CHRISTOPHER BUTLER
County and local officials throughout Tennessee will have to find a way to fund more government services with less taxpayer money in the near future, according to a new report from the state Comptroller’s Office.
In many instances, these county officials do not have the option of making budget cuts in services such as education, health, and public safety — that is because state and federal officials mandate that they provide such services. This happens at the same time demand for these services are on the rise, according to State Comptroller Justin Wilson.
In a new report that focuses on the current financial condition of county governments, Wilson said county officials throughout Tennessee ran up a combined deficit of approximately $490 million during the most recent fiscal year.
Meanwhile, total county-related debt in Tennessee increased $1.4 billion between 2007 and 2011 — even as county officials continue to put off their responsibilities toward paying their debts.
“This debt indicates that many county governments are deferring debt principal payments and other obligations to future years,” Wilson wrote.
Many of these counties received federal stimulus money in 2009.
Making matters worse, health insurance premiums and other liabilities are growing for employees who have already left public service.
“In addition, new accounting standards will require the recognition of significant long-term pension costs. These costs, which previously have not been recorded on the financial statements when they were incurred, will dramatically impact large and small governments alike.”
Furthermore, many county governments do not have staff members who know how to properly handle such complicated financial issues, Wilson wrote.
Christopher Butler is the editor of Tennessee Watchdog and the Director of Government Accountability for the Beacon Center of Tennessee. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get regular Tennessee Watchdog updates through our Facebook or Twitter accounts
More than $400,000 in taxpayer money wasted so far in November
Officials throughout Tennessee have wasted or misused more than $400,000 of taxpayer money, according to newly released reports that the State Comptroller’s Office released during the first half of November.
One county executive’s bookkeeper, for instance, withdrew taxpayer money and tried to cover up her actions. In another instance, two employees of another county stole scrap metal and other taxpayer-subsidized equipment.
In other instances, officials in various counties neglected to place competitive bids on purchases exceeding $10,000.
- The county mayor submitted two fraud-reporting forms to the state Comptroller’s Office in August related to four thefts that occurred at the Highway 113 convenience center this past summer. These thefts were reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department, and incident reports were completed. Approximately $600 worth of scrap metal, including chairs, lawn and garden equipment, and batteries, plus a surveillance camera were removed from the convenience center. In one instance, an employee resigned and was not charged. In the other three instances, a former employee was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of theft under $500. The former employee pled guilty to the burglary and theft charges in September and was ordered to pay $60 in restitution.
- The School Maintenance Department purchased three used vehicles for $9,999 each without obtaining formal bids. Three separate purchase orders were issued for these vehicles in August 2011, and three separate checks were written for payments in September 2011, to the same dealership, apparently in an attempt to circumvent the county’s purchasing requirements. It should be noted that based on a review of subsequent minutes, the Board of Education approved the purchase of two additional vehicles in July 2012 and August 2012 from the same dealership for $9,998 and $9,990.
- In March the school nutrition director informed auditors of suspected irregularities by the cafeteria manager. Several parents had expressed concerns about their child’s meal patterns because, in some instances, student accounts reflected no activity. Parents can subscribe to an online payment and monitoring program that allows parents to electronically deposit funds into their child’s account and to monitor their child’s eating and spending practices. The cafeteria manager admitted later that month to taking cafeteria funds and was placed on leave without pay status pending an investigation. The cafeteria manager’s employment was terminated in June. The cafeteria manager pled guilty in October to theft under $500, received one year of probation, and was fined $100.
Published on Oct 11, 2012 by TheJoshTolleyChannel
A woman in Tennessee had her baby murdered by police. Medical professionals are in shock and the public will probably just ignore this murder.
New “Blood draw warrants” allow authorities to take blood samples with or without your permission. As reported on various local news sources such as WBIR, WATE, WVLT and even on Yahoo News, refusal is no longer an option, as a search warrant can now include body fluids, your own blood in this case.
The story from each media source basically reads the same, as if copied from a carefully worded press release. As is so often the case in a growing police state, that one is presumed guilty and must then pay and fight to prove their innocence. Associated videos to follow the story.
Drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs over the July 4th holiday weekend will be subjected to “no refusal” blood tests, the Knox County District Attorney’s Office says.
In a statement, the District Attorney’s Office says the Knoxville Police Dept. and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office will work together for what they call “No Refusal Weekend.”
All suspected impaired drivers caught during the enforcement weekend will be subject to a blood test to determine alcohol and drug content, the DA’s office says in a press release.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Dept. also announced they would take part in the campaign, which lasts from Friday through July 8th.
In May Governor Bill Haslam signed Public Chapter No. 892 that allows law enforcement to seek search warrants for a blood sample if a person arrested for driving under the influence refuses to provide one.
The Battle of Athens was an armed rebellion led by WWII veterans and citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the tyrannical local government in August 1946.
Best selling author Thomas Woods was Monday’s keynote speaker and addressed the sheriffs and their guests at the evening’s banquet, delivering a sweeping and humorous history of nullification by the states, and how it comports with the sheriffs’ efforts to nullify federal and state tyranny. “And suddenly people are peering into the long neglected Thomas Jefferson toolkit. And they’re looking for things that might work. Now some of these things, like nullification, I have to warn you, are not approved by the New York Times. And, in fact, what I tell you tonight does not fall inside that box that all good Americans are supposed to confine themselves to. We’re supposed to be in that box. You all know it. It goes from Joe Biden to Mitt Romney. You’re allowed to be somewhere in there. But, if you stray a little bit over here citizen, be careful, be careful – you’re not respectable. Well my view is, is that it’s our job as good and decent Americans to crush that box into the ground and then set it on fire.” On January 30-31, 2012 over 100 county sheriffs and peace officers, from over 30 states, united to uphold their oaths of office, protect citizen liberty, and stop state and federal tyranny. Inspired and led by the example of former Graham County Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, the meeting, which was held in Las Vegas, was funded by the generous donations of thousands of Americans from all fifty states, as well as the support of freedom loving sponsors. The agenda included training on the Bill of Rights, Interposition, Nullification and the importance of Property Rights versus Privileges. Many sheriffs, a police chief and even a county commissioner shared their experiences, challenges and actions taken to uphold their oaths of office, directly with the sheriffs in attendance. The videos of these presentations are shared here on the County Sheriff Project YouTube channel. We hope that you will share these videos with your own county sheriff and all the oath takers in your county. To read the meeting agenda, see the event sponsors, learn more and show your own support for helping back more constitutional county sheriffs, visit http://www.CountySheriffProject.org Think outside the gun!
Tom DeWeese, the founder and director of the American Policy Center (http://www.AmericanPolicy.org) informs the sheriffs about the origins of Agenda 21, the central planning strategy that has grown out of the United Nations since 1987 to become soft law in the cities and counties across America to control all facets of the economy for an international redistribution of wealth.
On January 30-31, 2012 over 100 county sheriffs and peace officers, from over 30 states, united to uphold their oaths of office, protect citizen liberty, and stop state and federal tyranny. Inspired and led by the example of former Graham County Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, the meeting, which was held in Las Vegas, was funded by the generous donations of thousands of Americans from all fifty states, as well as the support of freedom loving sponsors.
The agenda included training on the Bill of Rights, Interposition, Nullification and the importance of Property Rights versus Privileges. Many sheriffs, a police chief and even a county commissioner shared their experiences, challenges and actions taken to uphold their oaths of office, directly with the sheriffs in attendance.
The videos of these presentations are shared here on the County Sheriff Project YouTube channel. We hope that you will share these videos with your own county sheriff and all the oath takers in your county. To read the meeting agenda, see the event sponsors, learn more and show your own support for helping back more constitutional county sheriffs, visit http://www.CountySheriffProject.org
Think outside the gun!
Submitted by Ron Paul Friends on Sun, 02/05/2012
Ron Paul 57.73% Landslide Win In Clark County Nevada Late Vote
Clark County, Nevada Late Vote Coun
Now more than every we need the Champion of the Constitution!
Please visit Ron Paul’s official campaign site by following the link below and donate today!
The voting ended half a day ago. The networks have called the race. The GOP presidential candidates have delivered their speeches and left the state.
And, still, party officials in Nevada’s largest county continue to count the vote.
“We are going to get this right,” Clark County Chairman David Gibbs told the Las Vegas Sun today. “If it takes us a little bit of time to get it rights, we are going to take the time.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was declared the victor of the Nevada caucuses Saturday evening, based on results from the rest of the state and entrance polls conducted by major media organizations.
With 70 percent of the vote counted, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in second place, with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul trailing in third by just shy of 1,000 votes.
After working until 4 a.m. Sunday, a handful of a volunteers resumed working through boxes of paper ballots this morning, verifying the vote count done at each precinct nearly 24 hours ago.
County party officials were unwilling to release the numbers from the precinct counts until each ballot was certified. And they are doing it all by hand.
“We want to make sure the count at the precinct was accurate,” Gibbs said.
With just half of the vote counted, officials have already discovered some discrepancies. In some precincts, the number of ballots did not match the number of voters who signed in to participate in the caucus.
Gibbs said the ballots in those precincts are being set aside so officials can decide how to deal with the problem. He declined to estimate how many votes were in question.
State party secretary Jim DeGraffenreid said they are still determining “the facts” and then will decide how to proceed, but acknowledged the ballots from those precincts may be dumped from the results.
“That is a possibility,” he said.
The mismatched prompted U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign to complain about a “lack of process and poorly run locations.”
A lawyer for Romney’s campaign is watching the count and observers from other campaigns have been invited.