As Rockdale braces itself for a vote that will determine its economic future, many who call themselves leaders remain in hiding. Should this $140 million bond referendum unfortunately uphold, this would have a detrimental effect on our bond rating, our pension fund; there will be massive county layoffs, we will be unable to attract reputable businesses and, subsequently, there will be an emergence of crime unlike any this county has ever experienced.

Were the churches and other contiguous businesses made aware of this proposal before it was introduced to the public at large? In my view, this approach is both deferential and paramount before any BOC should embark on such a huge undertaking.

Do we need a larger courthouse in the county? I suppose so, according to the judges and other court officials, but certainly not the costliest courthouse in the state of Georgia. I was told that crime was down.

Sadly, the three commissioners who we have entrusted to be good stewards of our treasury are 100 percent on board with this tax increase. Did they not take in consideration the amount of money it would cost should an extreme weather disaster occur? Not to mention pending and potential lawsuits.

As a former elected official, I saw myself as a public servant who worked for the people. Unfortunately, today we have elected officials who believe that the people work for them.

We must vote NO on the tax increase referendum to save our county.

Brian Jenkins


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