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As a person who lives in Commissioner Billy Powell's district, I was not surprised at his arrogant attitude toward any concerned citizen for that is the way he has conducted himself while in office. He is not worried about another ethics complaint because he knows that the state Constitution has little, if any, authority over county government officials.
For concerned residents of Hall County, there are only three options. One, wait for the next election cycle and vote them out. Two, do a county recall and have a re-election. Or the last and most expensive option, use the third power of government to bring in lawyers and file class-action lawsuits to stop government corruption.
To those moms and dads concerned about our teachers being furloughed; to our brave policemen and women who are having to use squad cars that are old and need replacing; to those property taxpayers who have had their property tax assessments frozen at 2007 levels; and those wonderful folks in Clermont who were promised a library - don't put your hope in our governor's office helping us with self-serving politicians focused on building personal real estate wealth.
I don't know how our county moves forward without trustworthy leadership. But don't expect the commissioners to worry too much about a few ethics complaints filed. At least after the exposure of this real estate deal at county expense, we know why Chairman Tom Oliver often refers to Powell as a real "team player."
I only wish that team included our children and teachers, the hardworking police department and the wonderful people who live in Clermont.