There has been enough media coverage (good and bad) to have raised a red flag the size of Texas for the issues that plague the Town of Jonesboro. No one does a thing, Everyone sits around waiting for the other person to do something or make some sort of lame excuse.
Ken Booth was an excellent investigative reporter, the only difference with what Ken Booth got accomplished and what Walter Abbott has accomplished is that the people with the authority to act on the facts that were presented by Ken Booth actually did their job.
Vicky Welborn of the Shreveport Times has been working on Investigative Reports of issues in Webster Parish, DeSoto and other Parishes, review the success she has seen with the facts she has presented-arrests were made. Go to the Shreveport Times and look in the archives or go to the nearest Library and look at the articles.
Is a vote that important, does the need to have the approval and support of people that abuse every one’s tax dollars and rights mean so much that you won’t do your respective jobs?
There still remains a remnant of people that do the right thing, they obey the law, they pay their taxes and they expect Government to do the job they were elected to do, not provide a way of escape by pointing their finger at each other and making the excuse that “they won’t do their job, so I can’t do mine”.
If one day of job performance would have included doing their respective jobs, we would have never seen the need for the Federal Government to have placed a tax lien on the assets of the Town of Jonesboro and the constant progression of decline to the point that the State had to step in and appoint a Fiscal Administrator to the Town of Jonesboro.
With the recent exit of William Ryder as Fiscal Administrator to the Town of Jonesboro, who recently testified before the Fiscal Review Committee that was comprised of Mr. John Kennedy-La. State Treasurer, Mr. Richard McGimsey-Assistant Attorney General and Mr. Daryl Purpera-La. Legislative Auditor as to numerous issues that one would think would immediately launch yet another investigation and merely the fact that he could not receive any cooperation from the Mayor should have proven to the Committee and the entire State that the issues at hand in the Town of Jonesboro are not racial, they are total and blatant disregard-for the law, and total and blatant disrespect for the rights of all the State of Louisiana taxpayers that have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to send assistance from Baton Rouge to the Town of Jonesboro, but have not seen any results of the taxes spent to aid the Administration in the Town of Jonesboro.
This charade has become a burden to the entire State of Louisiana now, hopefully someone that reads this will please contact the State offices listed above and ask them stop wasting our tax dollars and ask the people in the elected positions to address their job responsibilities, including Mr. Stewart District Attorney and Mr. Caldwell, the La. Attorney General.
The elderly, Veterans and children all across our State need assistance while our budgets to assist them are cut all across the state and the Town of Jonesboro continues to receive funding that under the current law stipulates that we should not be receiving due to the fact that we were on the Non Compliance List. We have not had an Audit in 4 years, when Mr. Ryder was assigned, we were taken off the Non Compliance List. Mr. Ryder is gone now, will the Town continue to receive funding as if he were still in place overseeing the tax dollars or will that tax dollar pipeline remain open with our taxes flowing unaccounted for and compliance with their use unmonitored?
It’s time for all of the taxpayers to raise the question to Baton Rouge about this issue, we have seen enough waste to last a life time and 5.5 years of it in the Town of Jonesboro has cost the taxpayers of the State of Louisiana precious taxes that could have been utilized for the individuals listed above and most likely used for their intended purposes.
Town of Jonesboro