Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Forget the economy, liberate Union County residents pronto!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 5:35 PM

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In case you haven't been following the news, Georgia cities and counties are mighty pissed at Gov. Sonny Perdue because he cut a homeowner property-tax credit from the state budgets for the next, uhm, forever. Perdue says these Roy Barnes-created grants cost the state $428 million each year and haven't lowered property taxes as they were originally intended.

Yesterday, Perdue told a group of county commissioners as such. Insider Advantage's Dick Pettys was in attendance and captured the reactions of some county commissioner-folk.

Lamar Paris, sole commissioner of Union County, said, “We’re just all going to have to go through and just cut the guts out of our county government ...”

Wow, that's a good quote. Very telling, kind of ominous, sounds like ... WAIT! Holy shit. Lamar Paris is the sole commissioner of Union County? Brothers and sisters to the north, we will save you from this dictator!

According to Union County's website, the Union County Sole Commissioner — aka Grand Overlord of the Hilltops — is:

...the governing authority of the county. The Commissioner sets and approves the budget for all departments and elected officials. He sets the mill rate each year, which provides funds for the operation of the county departments. Union County is one of only 9 counties in the State that operates under Sole Commissioner type of government.

The Commissioner is a sworn elected official and governed by the laws of the County of Union, the State of Georgia, and any and all applicable Federal laws. The Commissioner serves a 4-year term, which coincides with the presidential election.

The Commissioner's office is directly responsible for the following departments:

Building Inspection

Building Permits

Environmental Enforcement

E-911 Dispatch Center

E-911 Mapping

Fire Dept

Recreation Dept.

Road Dept

Transfer & Recycle Station

It turns out Georgia is the only state in the country to have such an office. (More on this diabolical government position here.)

According to Wikipedia, seven other Georgia counties — not eight, like the propaganda arm of the Union County website says — are enslaved by sole commissioners. I'll liberate Union County. Who's gonna save the residents of Bartow, Bleckley, Chattooga, Pickens, Pulaski, Towns and Walker?

(Map courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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