>Pay Up, Bessemer

>More Bessemer money woes. Birmingham News

David Sullivan, the attorney for the Bessemer School Board, is set to sue the city of Bessemer if the city does not pay $3.4 million in sales tax revenue owed for over a year.

Bessemer is having a hard time making payroll, if recent council …no, city clerk …no wait, we don’t have a city clerk…uh, senior accountant acting as a city clerk… yeah, that’s it…anyway, his actions, are any indication. And now we are reminded the city can not meet its obligations to the school system?

Superintendent Deborah Horn says the money would be used to hire extra teachers for music and art. A worthy and much needed use of the money.

This is just one more reason we need an audit of the city’s finances done by the state. Why does the city not put this money away as sales taxes are collected, into an account and let it sit and draw interest until the payment is due to the school system. Then the money would be there to make the payment. What a novel idea.

Eventually every juggler drops a ball, and it looks like the jesters in city hall who are juggling the city finances have done just that. And while court jesters’ roles were to entertain the king, when the king becomes the jester the entertainment stops. You don’t see anyone laughing, do you?

(the painting is by Mateo, an artist friend in Mobile)

As much as education is talked about. With Jess Lanier High School being labeled a dropout factory. And then we expect improvements to be made with $3.4 million in funds being withheld from their budget?

Maybe it ‘s not the school board’s fault that our schools are not up to standard. Maybe it is the city council and mayor’s fault for not suporting the board and the system.

Oh, and the school system also has not received property tax payments from earlier this year. I wonder how much that is?

I know council president Jesse Matthews is getting the message. Unless he has something to hide, he should be calling for an audit soon.


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