Allen Letter To Thompson

DONALD J. ALLEN
June 27,2012

Mayor Leslie Thompson
128 Allen Ave
Jonesboro, LA 71251

RE: 2012-2013 Town Budget
Dear Mayor Thompson,

At the June 12th town council meeting I asked David J. Dill for a copy of the upcoming 2012-2013 budget, he in turn gave me a copy of Ordinance #706, the 2011-2012 Budget Ordinance. The next day I went back to City Hall and asked for a copy of the 2012-2013 Budget and received a copy of the 2012-2013 Budget Ordinance #709.

On Friday, June 22, I again visited City Hall and asked for a copy of the proposed 2012-2013 Budget and was asked if I wanted a copy of the 2012-2013 Budget Ordinance #709, I replied no I wanted a copy of the proposed 2012-2013 Budget with all the financial information associated with a budget, David Dill was paged to respond to my request.

Assistant David Dill did not know what I was talking about and suggested I ask Melba. Upon knocking on Melba’s door, Councilman Flowers came out of her office and indicated she was on a conference call and asked if he could help. Explaining to he and David what I wanted, David and Councilman Flowers said they had not seen that document and then referred me to Melba who was still on a conference call. I requested they have her call me when she finished the call, to which they agreed. I guess that call is ongoing as I have not heard from her.

Please see the following information:

According to LA Revised Statute 39:1305, 1306, 1307 and 1308 (a copy of each is attached) the duties, scope and presentation of the annual budget for the town is specified. I have highlighted several items for you to review. You complied with only one part of the budget process, and that is described under Revised Statute 39:1305, Section ‘D’, which addresses the appropriation ordinance, this you have done through Ordinance #709.

Revised Statute 39:1305

Section “A” calls for a “comprehensive budget” of which we have not seen. No budget has been prepared, so no budget has been offered.

Section “B” calls for “the chief executive” to prepare the budget, apparently this has not been done.

Section “C(2)(a)” calls for specific information to be included in the budget document. The budget has not been done so this of course has not been done.

Revised Statute 39:1306

Section “A” calls for submission and made available for public inspection 15 days prior to the beginning of the fiscal year. There is no budget so there has been no public inspection.

Revised Statute 39:1 307

Section “A” shall afford the public opportunity to participate prior to adoption of the budget. There is no budget so there has been no public participation.

Section “B” calls for at least ten days notice prior to public hearing. There is no budget so the notice presented by city hall is moot.

Revised Statute 39:1308

Section “A(l)” states where inspection of the budget will be made available. As indicated, attempts were made to inspect the budget but it was unavailable since it was not prepared per required statute.

The meeting of June 25 at 11:30 a.m. was a mockery of the bud get process and this legislation by any standard. Opening a public meeting and then leaving the room is as unprofessional a move as has ever been perpetrated on the public. After a 30 minute departure you re-enter the room and immediately re-write the Budget Ordinance without public participation. This act is equal to “dictatorship” of the town and its finances.

Revised Statute 39:1310 deals with amending the budget, even if it is less than 30 seconds old, and the procedures involved but since RS 39:1305, 1306, 1307 and 1308 have been ignored why should RS 39:1310 and 1311 be any different.

It is terribly disturbing that some of the Councilman were ready and eager to vote for your changes without question. I wonder if they had prior knowledge of what was taking place.

The public has dire concerns about the way the town is being administered. The public is devastated over the dismantling of the police department. Never in the history of Jonesboro has there been so much uneasiness from the public in the ability of the town to serve its inhabitants and businesses.

I do hope you take the law seriously. Every elected official is expected to perform their duties according to law. Statutes were written to direct the preparation, inspection and implementation of a budget and they are not hollow words but have substance. They are written to protect you the elected official but also to protect the public.

This letter is written to ask that the statutes are followed and that the public is informed and made a part of the process of running the Town of Jonesboro. I herewith request that a “2012-201 3 Proposed Budget” be presented and advertised and a time for legitimate public comment held.

I look forward to you stepping up and doing what is right.

Taxpayer, Business Owner and Concerned Citizen,
D. J. Allen

Cc/ Honorable James D. “Buddy” Caldwell, Attorney General
Cc/ Honorable John N. Kennedy, State Treasurer
Cc/ Honorable Jenifer Schaye, General Counsel (Legislative Auditor’s Office)
Cc/ Honorable Jonathan Stewart, District Attorney
Cc/ Honorable Robert “Bob” Kostelka, State Senator
Cc/ Honorable Jim Fannin, State Representative

19 Responses to “Allen Letter To Thompson”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Good for Mr. Allen! Hope this helps!

  2. Charlotte Garrett Guidroz Says:

    Thanks, D. J., for sharing this information and taking your time to write the above letter to Mayor Thompson. Well done, my friend.

    Our family roots run deep in Jonesboro and Jackson Parish.

    Your voice is appreciated by those of us who no longer live in the area and still care about the financial well being of Jonesboro as well as the future of our hometown.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you, DJ for stepping up. Dismantling the police dept and putting the burden on the sheriff’s dept to police Jonesboro gives every taxpaying citizen of the parish the right to have their say regarding Jonesboro. So have a seat Mr Flowers, if you can’t say something nice, don’t bother speaking.

  4. Who's on first??? NO ONE Says:

    Rev Dill has the title of deputy clerk…I am thinking he is suppose to know more than he tends to claim

    Mr. Flowers – you are following blindly and approving stuff that might not have been a smart move

  5. Julie Says:

    D.J, agree with Charlotte; what a bout cc to State Ethics Board?

  6. Donald Marion Fowler Says:

    Thank you DJ for the letter to the mayor. I, like Charlotte, live elsewhere but continue to visit friends and others in Jonesboro and Jackson Parish and it pains me to see what is happening to the place where so many of my pleasant memories originate from.

  7. sunrisesunset Says:

    Thanks D.J. for publishing your letter to LPNO.

    I ask that all of us bloggers write a letter to these aforementioned men and VOICE our concerns loud and clear about the rough-shod way the Town is being run. It is truly a sad time for Jonesboro.

    Never in the HISTORY of the City of Jonesboro has this happened.
    As far as the esteemed one OBEYING the law, he does not understand what the law even is. Tyranny at it’s best (or, worst in this case) happening right here in little old TJ.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I think it has been well proven already that “the law” does not apply to Mayor Thompson. It doesn’t apply as far as him having to adhere to it nor does it apply to any consequences that he should face for disobeying it. He has been granted the one thing that he never should have been, power. He has ran wild with no restraint, no restraint from the laws that supposed to be his guidelines, no restraint from the thought of the we;; being of the citizens. I have every hope and prayer that the hearing Thursday will be the “beginning of the end” of his tyranny. I am only afraid though it may be the beginning of the end of what is left of Jonesboro. God Help Us All!

  9. JustMe Says:

    Oh my – is someone finally gonna get something done??? Thank you DJ. I think a LOT more of you as a person and business man than I did.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I think it is time for a new town attorney as well….how can “Coach” Stokes allow this to happen?

  11. Anonymous Says:

    If and when certain council members and mayor are gone, then new council can request new attorney, I would believe!

  12. JustMe Says:

    Well, don’t know for sure; but I think the Attorney is appointed by the DA’s office to represent the different entities – hospital, Town, School Board, Pilice Jury, etc.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    not for municipalities. They are appointed by the town council, just like the clerk, fire chief, etc.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    And certainly the D.A. wouldn’t appoint someone from their own office. Unethical. The town itself appoints them same as they appoint the Magistrate Judge.

  15. Mechelle Says:

    Hurray, Mr. Allen! Well said!

    I see two ways for the citizens of Jonesboro to handle Mr. Mayor. We can stand still and let this one man totally destroy our town, or the good people of Jonesboro can rise for what is right. It is beyond comprehension how anyone in their right mind can support what this elected official is doing and has done.

    If we don’t join forces and stop his good times from rolling over all of us, then what will be next? Will the firefighters go? Water supply? Street lights? Trash pickup? Animal control already seems to be trekking through a revolving door.

    Here’s a small point that adds up to many dollars for the nonexistent budget, or the mayor’s allowance, whichever you choose to call it. When the police go, then we should certainly expect the mayor and town council to take that $2.00 fee off our “Town of Jonesboro” utility bills each month. It was put there for “added police patrol” of each neighborhood. All Jonesboro residents should be sure to bring it to city hall’s attention by not paying for a service not rendered.

    Perhaps now would be a good time for a recall petition to circulate.

    • The Night the Lights Went Out in Jonesboro.... Says:

      Who will enforce the town’s ordinances? I believe I heard Doug Stokes acknowledge that the Sheriff is not required to enforce any town ordinances.

      I think the cash flow of the town of Jboro relies on the ability to enforce the town’s ordinances for revenue.

      • D. Ticonderoga No. 2 Says:

        Who is going to make anyone pay their ad valorem taxes, this too is another avenue for revenue. Oh well, you can inflate your budget on paper, you can even carry fictitious numbers through out your day to day operations, but, fictitious numbers do not an invoice pay. Best advice, sharpen those pencils………….cause the plug is already half way pulled. Always remember, accounting is an ART, not a Science, there are some very remarkable Artists in the TOJ, they create the most beautiful picture……..on paper.

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      Maybe everyone should DEDUCT the $2 from their bill. I do not think it will come off otherwise. And, what’s more, it is no worse than those stealers who have gotten away with paying their water bills for a long time.

  16. ST Says:

    Jonesboro has turned in to a laughing stock. The Mayor is an idiot and is using racism to protect himself. Jonesboro has always been a town with pride and self respect. It’s amazing how one man can make the town a joke. Mayor Zuber is rolling over in his grave.

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