|Jowers resigns as budget committee chairman |
|Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:10 pm |
| By CHRIS MENEES |
Obion County Commis-sioner Danny Jowers has resigned as chairman of the county’s budget committee, effective immediately.
Jowers submitted his resignation Tuesday in the form of a letter addressed to the budget committee and delivered to Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire.
“This has been an enjoyable experience and I appreciate the cooperation I have received these past years from this committee and the commission,” he wrote in the letter. “I feel it is time for another member to assume the chair duties.”
Jowers, a county commissioner from District 3 who is in his third term, has served as chairman for eight of the 10 years he has been a member of the budget committee.
Jowers told The Messenger the time has come for some other commissioners to learn the budget process and to make some decisions and submit ideas.
“It’s time for some fresh ideas and leadership,” he said.
The budget committee has been extremely busy in recent months holding a series of budget hearings and working to draft Obion County’s budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. One of the most controversial actions was a recommendation to increase the inside property tax rate for Union City, approved Monday night by the full county commission.
At an Aug. 6 budget committee meeting, Jowers had expressed frustration at being blamed for every decision by the budget committee and the commission, explaining he was simply one vote on the seven-member budget committee and the 21-member commission.
In addition to Jowers, the budget committee is currently comprised of vice chairman Sam Sinclair Jr., Ralph Puckett, Jerry Grady, Allen Nohsey, Richard Arnold and Terry Roberts.
Jowers told The Messenger there is a lot of turmoil because of some decisions and he said serving on the budget committee has been a challenging position.
“But I’ve enjoyed my time on it and I’ve worked hard,” he said.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 8.22.12