These two Flowery Branch Council Members have a lot to learn about SPLOST. And from the record, it seems they have something to learn about getting along with the county and other members of the council as noted in this Gainesville Times story.

The council has suffered some friction the past two years, as it split into two camps — three residents with longtime ties to the city and two relative newcomers, Sterling on the Lake residents Craig Lutz and Chris Fetterman.

As a result, 3-2 votes were common, with Lutz and Fetterman often in the minority.

But back to the comments made about Hall County allegedly withholding SPLOST funds from Flowery Branch. Fetterman says that Flowery Branch “MUST use” SPLOST FUNDS “to repair the culvert” on Spring Street.

Mr. Fetterman, you do know better. SPLOST “revenue must be used for specific capital outlays (operations and maintenance expenditures are not authorized).”

Let’s give Lutz and Fetterman the full education as if they don’t know how SPLOST laws work.

From the Attorney General Thurbert Baker who is quoting Georgia Code:

The proceeds received from the tax authorized by [O.C.G.A. § 48‑8‑111] shall be used by the county . . . exclusively for the purpose or purposes specified in the resolution or ordinance calling for imposition of the tax. Such proceeds shall be kept in a separate account from other funds of such county . . . and shall not in any manner be commingled with other funds of such county . . . .

So Lutz and Fetterman, you are asking Hall County officials to break the law to fix your street. Flowery Branch got $2.5 million in the SPLOST VI referendum. Did you break the law with spending of that revenue?

If you did, would you tell anyone?

It has been a part of the public record that Council Member Lutz doesn’t see the law as applying to him or Flowery Branch. In December of 2008, Lutz and Fetterman voted to create an illegal island through two annexations to that benefited the Sterling on the Lake development.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to annex two parcels of land into the city limits, temporarily creating an illegal island.

Both parcels — the 77-acre Honeycutt tract and the nearly 27-acre Knutson tract — are located on Capitola Farm Road and will be incorporated into the Sterling on the Lake community.

But six acres in the middle known as the Braggs property, a trust owned by Alfred Todd Adams, was not annexed. Annexing the Honeycutt and Knutson tracts made the Braggs property a county island, which is illegal under state law.

What did Lutz offer to do about the problem of the illegal island? Don’t call it an island! “We’ll make it a peninsula.”

Creative government, bending the rules for the developer of your subdivision, blaming Hall County for city problems … the legacy of Lutz and Fetterman.

Are these comments over the top? Or well documented conflicts of interest and valid allegations of criminality?




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