To the residents of the Town of Jonesboro:
Your Fire Insurance has already increased due to the fact that your Fire Rating was upgraded from a 3 to a 4. This increase was under the current Administration, but Mr. Treadway was not Fire Chief at the time and this was also done while the current tax was in place and being collected. Please contact PIAL ( Property Insurance Association of Louisiana) at 504-836-7980 to confirm and then please contact your current insurance provider and confirm this information with them.
The Fire Department was given a budget increase in the most recent Fiscal Budget that was adopted while the Police Department was decimated, this also was done under the current taxing period. Please see the attached Budget adopted by the Town of Jonesboro Council. Please look at Salaries in the budget, this again is done while the current tax is effective. The voting was as follows: Cottonham, Mason, Flowers-for, Stringer Nay, Lamkin-Abstained.
Please read the budget provided and know that I questioned the CFO in the prior Budget meeting when only a minute portion of the revenue generated from the current dedicated tax was allocated to street repair and maintenance. I also brought to the attention of the representative of the Legislative Auditor’s office.
I do agree with Mr. Lamkin on one issue, the current crisis and issues did start during the Previous Administration and that is also the current Administration. I also agree that I served on the former Council, but I and my colleagues worked very diligently to serve Jonesboro to the best of our abilities, we submitted the information that was provided to us to Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney Johnathon Stewart, the Legislative Auditor Mr. Purpera, the Attorney General James D. Caldwell, State Representative Jim Fannin, Senator Robert Kostelka, the FBI, and FEMA. WE were all in agreement as records of signed requests for help were provided to the above individuals and Governmental Agencies. We worked TOGETHER for a common goal, to try to make Jonesboro a better place to live, to raise a family and most of all a place to be proud to call home.
Please know there have been increases in other areas, mainly in Salaries, while your infrastructure is decaying at alarming rates. I would rather have a functional Sewerage Lift Station for 45% of the Raw Sewerage of the Town of Jonesboro ahead of repairing a Rodeo Arena and I don’t apologize for trying to get the funding for the Lift Station instead of the Rodeo Arena.
We have not had an Audit in 4 Years, until someone can provide the evidence that your TAXES are being UTILIZED for their intended purpose,not personal gain,I will not support the renewal of the current tax. Look at what you have now WITH the CURRENT TAX and figure out what you will lose if you don’t renew the tax. Your fire insurance has already increased, with the CURRENT TAX and YOUR STREETS are crumbling before your eyes, WITH THE CURRENT TAX. If you should need additional information, please contact me. You can reach me at 318-259-6281.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers,
Ms. Renee Stringer