Did YOU Know?

  • In 2017, WITHOUT our vote, without so much as a discussion here in Macon County, my opponent fought all the way to the state house for a pay raise. He states it is an "expense allowance," regardless of what it is referred to collectively among the 8 who recived the $4,800 boost to their take home pay is now costing the county $38,400/year and "may be treated as compensation for retirement contributions." He is our elected public servant, yet he didn’t think it was important to get our approval. 
  • In 2015, my opponent voted his approval for the following taxes: a 5ยข county-wide fuel tax, a new rental tax and a more inclusive occupational tax. 
  • In 2011, my opponent voted for the county-wide Business Privilege Fee.
  • As a political favor, my opponent voted for an expensive retirement package, just as if he were a full-time employee. This package includes the county paying for his health insurance until he reaches Social Security age, expensive retirement package.
  • Macon County has lost 20% of our population since 1980 and is projected to lose the most through 2040 of all 67 counties.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 of our neighbors live in poverty,
  • One-hundred percent of our students are eligible for free government breakfast and lunches.
  • In 2017, our county was financially unable to provide staff a bonus, nor will they receive a 2018 pay raise. 
  • The 2018 county budget process began with a 20% reduction of the 2017 budget.
  • The county is leasing 5 new 2017 vehicles (pkg 1, pkg 2) with monthly payments of over $5,000 for 60 months.
  • The county commission works hard to keep citizens' eyes and minds from official county documents.
  • The commission, as I can recall, has not spoken "socioeconomics" in the years I have been attending the meetings.
  • Macon County's Novemeber 2017 unemployment was 4.4%, state average was 3.6%.