May I ask you to loan me some money? You see, I have a business idea and I need $374,000. I know, that is a lot of money, but I’m good for it. A business plan you ask? Sure I have one.
You see, there is a swell piece of property that I am going purchase for $95,000. Oh, and did I mention that I am going to build homes for the HUD program there. Certainly you want to help the poor, don’t you? Then I’ll drag my feet until you agree to just take the land from me and forgive my debt. Oops, I’ve said too much, haven’t I? You would not fall for a scheme like that would you? If you live in Albany, Georgia, you fell for just that plan.
By now you know that I am talking about Cutliff Grove. The Albany City Commission met to decide how to settle the issue. The vote was 6 to 1 for the city to take the land and let a quarter of a million tax payer dollars go out the window. (The one dissenting vote was from Roger Marietta.) It is much easier to just squander that money, because it does not belong to the six that voted in favor of this deal. That money belongs to YOU! If that creates a little shortfall in the budget, the city can nudge up your taxes just enough to cover it. It is far easier to toss the dice and lose money that isn’t directly tied to their wallets.
After doing more research into this story, it seems that there was corruption behind the scenes. However, if you just take the story on the bare facts alone you should be outraged.
I first met Mayor Willie Adams just before our first Tea Party in Albany during April of last year. I had personally invited him to our gathering which was at the courthouse. Mayor Adams laughed it off and said, “You all drink your tea and try to figure out how to lower taxes. I’d like to pay less taxes myself.” I remember those words because it was a slap in the face. I was giving a politician a chance to hear from his constituents. Instead, he met me with ridicule.
So, Mayor Adams I have found a way to help lower the taxes. STOP WASTING THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS! That is just a first step, but it was an easy observation.
We at Southwest Georgia Patriots are for less government and lower taxes. We advocate these principles at the local and national levels. As citizens, we have elected these city commissioners to represent us in city government. Did they represent you when they decided to drop the debt of nearly $279,000? They think that they are doing the will of the people unless they hear otherwise from you. That’s right, YOU!
There are certain responsibilities that you must do as a citizen. It is important that you research candidates before casting a ballot. It is important that you exercise your right to vote. You must watch politicians when they are in office, and you must have your voice be heard when you don’t agree with their representation of you. Edmund Burke once said that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
What can you do? You can be at the next City Commission meeting for starters. If you are really angry, you can approach the board. Just having enough bodies to fill up the room will make an impression though so bring your neighbors. They lost out in this deal, too.
Will you be there? If not, I’d really like to see you about that loan. No, seriously I would. I’ll have my business plan ready.
Written by Bill Waller. Mr. Waller is a author and contributor local blog, Southwest Georgia Politics. He enjoys writing, traveling, and researching history. He currently resides in Albany, Georgia.