Friend of Peach Pundit, Maurice Atkinson, left a comment about the situation in the Macon-Bibb County Tax Assessors office. I’m putting it up in its entirety here:
This is probably not the most responsible thing for me to do, but what the heck, this is uncharted waters. I do appreciate the kind words.
Over the past few months there has been an enormous amount of rhetoric and innuendo regarding the Bibb County Board of Tax Assessors, of which I serve. I have resisted making public comments out of respect of the office and the ability to re-harness the public confidence in this vital institution. The Board of Assessors is the life blood of local government and its ability to function correctly is critical.
My belief is that government should be blind as it pertains to individuals. As public servants, in any capacity, we must hold ourselves to the law and the intent of the law. Anything less is not “Public Service” it is self-service.
In the last few months we have made enormous headway in healing and cleaning up some long standing problems. I’ve never asserted there were never any problems, but we are definitely moving in the right direction.
It all starts with a solid well managed organization. People rise to the standards that are set. Jim is doing a tremendous job. He’s not perfect, but he has harnessed this team and they’re moving. These are “all” excellent people, hard working and trying to do a job.
I’ve enjoyed every minute, even the testy ones. I had a desired outcome I wanted to influence, that being the organizational structure’s paradigm.
I posted my comments to the commissioners here.