The strange case of the missing financial reports

Anybody else find it strange that the last monthly financial report posted on the City’s website is from November, 2007?

Looks like they’re running a couple of months behind. Of course, we hear there’s been some turnover. See here: http://cityofmtjuliet.org/finance_department.htm

– Publius

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  1. Butch huber

    Speaking of finances…I read on another site that a attorney for the city of Lebanon states that state law allows the county to cover fire protection services in one of two different ways…one is to pay for it from the general fund and the other is to establish fire districts. According to the article the Attorney further states that if the county elects to pay for fire protection from the general fund, the county is only allowed by law to collect property taxes for the general fund (Presumably he is talking about portions of the overall property taxes specifically designated for fire protection) from unincorporated areas of the county for fire protection service in the unincorporated areas. I take that to mean that the unincorporated areas of the county will be required to pay for fire protection services for through increased property taxes in the unincorporated areas of the county as compared to incorporated areas of the county and that the incorporated areas of the county will have to provide their own fire protection services. If this is true then the county, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown will have a real problem to solve. Either all the incorporated areas of the county will have to provide their own fire protection services and the county will have to provide fire protection services to the unincorporated areas of the county through increased property taxes in the unincorporated areas of the county or the county will have to go with fire districts which will require the county to provide fire protection services to Lebanon (Lebanon currently provides its own fire protection services).

    This could solve one of the most problematic issues we have faced in this city for some time. I for one have been concerned that the county would force the city of Mt. Juliet to provide its own fire protection service without reducing the property taxes for those who live inside the city…this would set up taxation without representation…a group of people threw a party over that issue once, didn’t they? If the county only has the choice to pay for fire protection services for the entire county, including incorporated areas of the county, or otherwise only provide for fire protection service for the unincorporated areas of the county through taxation of the residents of the unincorporated areas of the county, which will they choose?

    Sooner or later the city of Mt. Juliet is going to have to provide its own fire protection service…which is going to require money…which brings me back to finances…where will the money come from?

    I say that we should force the county to tax us at a lower rate than they do the unincorporated areas and then the city could raise the property tax rate equal to the break we get from the county. That difference should be substantial enough to cover the costs of fire protection services. Then we should also develop emergency (ambulance) services, which I am told is actually a money making endeavor.

    That would take fire protection service off of the political playing field…where it never should have been in the first place. Fire protection is too serious of a matter to play politics with.

    The county no longer can use “animal control” as a political football….soon it won’t be able to use fire protection services as a political football…Hmmm, what else can we take away from the political playing field?

    Also, it appears that the city of Lebanon is also doing a special census, just like Mt. Juliet is doing. I wonder who will turn out to be the bigger city in terms of population? Any guesses? If Mt. Juliet turns out to have a larger population than Lebanon, as I understand the process, Mt. Juliet would become the county seat in the event that there was a successful attempt to become a metro government. Perhaps then the county would buddy up to Mt. Juliet.

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