We now have a new county manager, a new Rome mayor and so maybe they can assist me in answering these questions. Some of these I will repeat and some are new. Mrs. Mayor, some two years ago (approximately) the city of Rome had to issue tax anticipation notes (TANS) in May or June so the city of Rome could pay their bills until the property taxes came on Nov. 15 , yet a few months ago the city of Rome manager announced that the city of Rome was giving all their employees a 3 percent across the board pay raise as they had not had a raise in some time. No TANS have been issued since that two years ago (approximately). My question is Mrs. Mayor, where did the money come from for these raises ?
Also approximately two years ago Floyd County was going to also have to issue TANS to pay their bills but a large property taxpayer volunteered to pay their property taxes early so the county could pay their bills.
So the county and the city are broke in approximately 2010 or 2011. Simple math, so what I am asking Mrs. Mayor, how did the city of Rome get the money to pay for a 3 percent across the board raise for their employees ? City of Rome employees, I am not questioning whether or not you deserved the raise but where did the money come from to pay for it. Also Mr. County Manager no mention of the county having to issue TANS to pay their bills. Mr. Mayor of Cave Spring how did you get money from the county to the tune of $182,000.00 and then the SPLOST extension (Slush Fund) did not pass and you stated you did not know how Cave Spring was going to pay it back.
Why would you have to pay it back if you had got it properly? Just asking Mr. Mayor of Cave Spring. Only thing that changed during this time span is that the Floyd County Commissioners bonded the last SPLOST for $20 million for 3 years, costing the taxpayers of Floyd county $585,685.00 at .86 percent interest. Where did I get all the above information ? I got it from the Rome News-Tribune and other sources. I might suggest that you citizens of Floyd County subscribe to the Rome News-Tribune. Read it cover to cover and you might also find out some things that you might want to ask questions about. You never know.
Lastly, register to vote and then on election day, please go vote. Don’t be bullied.