Everywhere you go these days, folks are complaining about Congress spending too much and not listening to what we say. Didn’t we elect these people? Well, “they” may not listen, but “we” have a plan — vote ‘em out! But it seems while we rant and rave about national concerns, we aren’t paying much attention to what’s going on in our own backyard.
What do you think about the “great Grovetown housing debacle”? Should local taxpayers pick up the $374,000 tab to repay HUD? It seems your Commissioners think so– and the deal will likely be sealed Tuesday night.
According to the City, Cutliff Grove Family Resource Center (CGFRC), the non-profit wasting the money, refuses to pay back the funds. Further, the City claims its legal position to sue for payback is tenuous at best. But do you have the full story? Perhaps not.
Has anyone told you that CGFRC owns another housing complex valued at $2.4 million in 2008 when acquired from the City on a $1.5 million loan? Or that the Cutliff pastor got an unrelated $100,000 loan from the City to buy a restaurant? Heard a detailed explanation of what really went wrong on the Grovetown project? Seen an accounting of what the money was actually used for?
Ah, it seems that full disclosure has not been made on the entire debacle. By now, you are probably wondering if giving up $374,000 based on what you know — and don’t know — may not be such a good idea. Is it possible that even your commissioners don’t have the full story, either? But if they do, let’s just say it must be very closely guarded–and not to be shared with you.
So, what do we do? The long term answer is a “no brainer” — vote your officials out! Now, it is in your best interest to attend commission meetings. And if you don’t go, well, it’s your problem, not mine.