Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 at the Dodge County Courthouse and other voting precincts in Dodge County to determine whether a one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will be approved for the next six years. The current one percent SPLOST will expire in October of 2014. This will not be an additional tax, but, if approved by the voters, will begin in October of 2014, essentially continuing the tax. Currently, Dodge Countians pay eight percent in sales tax.
Also on Tuesday, November 5, voters in Eastman City Council Districts 1 and 5 will go to the polls at Eastman City Hall to elect two city council persons.
Incumbent city councilman Floyd Walker, who was appointed by the Eastman city council to fill the unexpired term of his wife Idele Walker, and political newcomer Milton Johnson are running for the District 1 seat.
Incumbent city councilman Prince Dawson, recently appointed to the council to fill the unexpired term of the late David Rawlins, and Willie Belle Rawlins, wife of the late city councilman David Rawlins, are vying for the District 5 seat.
All polls will open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 5, and will close at 7:00 p.m.
On the county tax payer time? I'm not attempting to debate with you on how you feel. I just want to share this with you so that you are a little bit more knowledgeable on this. County Commissioners do not get a regular salary or pay check for serving the public. They do get a yearly stipend like many other local government board members. I don't know the exact amount but it is nothing to pay the bills or feed a family with. Eastman gives their councilmen $1500 every six month. These stipends are somewhat of a statement that says that we understand that you are donating your time for these meetings, conferences, trainings, and events where you represent our county. Those are pretty much the only situations where a commissioner is on the county taxpayer time. I don't believe that any sane person would enter local politics just for the stipend.
A commissioner is to be at the commission meetings. A commissioner is to dedicate the time needed to review, be trained on, and study up on county business. A commissioner is also to represent the county at necessary meetings and events. Outside of that a commissioner would need a 9to5 job, business, or some type of retirement income coming in to keep the bills paid and food on the table. So I wouldn't fault a local politician for having a business or a job. In my eyes that makes them a little more connected to the average joe.