by Jerry Firman
For those of you who have not read and applied Step 1. I suggest you read it before continuing here. Those who have read Step 1 and participated in any way should continue to post comments on the original article unless specifically commenting about the content of this article.
By doing the tasks in Step 1 we have accomplished many things. We now have our County Commissioners on notice that their constituents are paying attention. We have also, in most cases, discovered how a County Auditor is the one who keeps the fiscal records. We now know the local procedures for gaining information that rightfully belongs to us. We have also sent a message through the governmental grapevine that people are watching and wondering.
Step 2 involves finding out the relationship between County and State in governing. Each State may be different and money handled in different ways but generally States collect the taxes and then redistribute to Counties and/or Township. In some states, Township government may have more power than County Government. It all depends on your State Constitution and Codes.
I suggest each of you search on line for such information. It is amazing the amount of information governments at all levels have poured into the Internet. You should be able to read about how tax money is handled at each level and what the relationships are between different jurisdictions.
Hopefully before we move on to Step 3, we will have some information back on Step 1 and we will have prepared ourselves in an organized manner to proceed with more in depth investigation. Just remember, we are not here to impede or disrupt government. We are here to insure better government through our participation and oversight.
Each of us should comment on this article with information that would be applicable to all. We should also suggest directions for the remaining steps. I am sure readers will have questions and suggestions the author has not yet thought of.
Thanks for being here.