Don Daniel

The other morning at the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast, County Commission Chairman Greg Tapley and Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson gave updates on going-ons in their different realms. Mayor Wilson rightfully bragged how the city was working on several projects and how the city employees were working together under the concept of “Team Forsyth”. Next time you see the highly visible Mayor, ask him about “Team Forsyth”.

Following the Mayor, Chairman Tapley explained how the county was going to spend the 2020 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, bragging how “my team” is going to spend the SPLOST money with road paving a major priority.  

I assume the Chairman’s reference to “my team” refers to all county employees and as he explained, hiring of a county manager and a finance director made his “my team” complete. I guess since he thinks he has a “team”, maybe we and all county employees should now refer to the chairman as “Coach Tapley”. His using “my team” several times in his presentation brought out comments that are not printable. 

At the commission meeting, here are several unattributed comments: 

“I am not that familiar with ambulances”;

“A mechanical question”;

“You need to number the pages”:

“I’d like to say something about it”;

“The only question I have….”;

“A $30 bill”; 

“I think we need to give him a Mercedes”;

“You came all the way over here?”

I’VE BEEN hearing grumbling in regards to the tax assessments and assume by now you have received yours. If you are not happy with how much they think your property is worth, pay attention to the notice because you’ve got 45 days to file an appeal with the Monroe County Tax Assessors. You can’t walk into the Tax Assessors office to complain or file an appeal. Your “This Is Not A Bill” tells you what have to do.

The county manager, in cooperation with Lorri Robinson, county finance director, and of course those in the tax assessors’ office, have compiled a list comparing Monroe County’s millage rate to adjoining counties. Guess what? We have next to the lowest rate, 29.047, with Houston County being the lowest at 24.409. It’s understandable why people are moving out of Macon-Bibb County with a millage rate of 39.966

The City of Forsyth has next to the lowest millage rate at 32.047 with Jackson coming in first at 30.43. The city of Jeffersonville is the highest at 46.965.

Praise the Lord for Plant Scherer!

Here are some bills our tax money went to pay: Butts county got a check for $26,146.85 for supplying us with drinking water; we purchased $5,877.51 worth of electricity from Central Georgia EMC; Cherokee Culvert Company supplied pipe for $9,180.70; eight county employees got their wages garnished having to pay $1,631.72 and four others got garnished for $3,471 paid to Chapter 13; Trustee watching television costs us $3,112.56 paid to Forsyth Cablevision; $9,498.15 went to Ham’s Auto Parts for a list of auto supplies; we got a lot of sand, $29,973.03, from Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation; Monroe County Health Department got paid $9,998.42 for whatever. Sheriff Brad Freeman got a check for $14.38 for travel. Thirty checks were written for a total of $116,820.18, which was only a half-months’ gotta pay.

HUMBLED is my expression upon receiving an award for this column from the Georgia Press Association. To be judged by your peers and thus honored by one’s peers is quite an honor. Thanks to all the readers of “On The Outside Looking In”.

NO CORRECT answers to last week’s The Question so here’s the one for this week: cops were called to the Waffle House because a drunk customer didn’t get a what? First correct answer after twelve noon on Thursday gets a certificate for Scoops single dip ice cream, dozen Dunkin donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato appetizer, slice of Jonah’s pizza, slice of Shoney’s strawberry pie, Forsyth Main Street t-shirt, sandwich, chips and drink at The Pickled Okra. 

IF YOU were in Forsyth Saturday you could have joined the Georgia Trust Expedition individuals tour of 19 local historic homes and sites in Forsyth. It was a total community effort by Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Forsyth Main Street, Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, the local Historical Society, several local restaurants and many others.

THE LATEST food fad is no-meat hamburgers. Haven’t seen them on the menu boards at our local Whopper/Diddly/DoodlyMacs but according to the Wall Street Journal fast food restaurants are experimenting with different no-meat burgers and they are big sellers. If you see a local restaurant offering the no-meat burgers, let me know. I’ll treat us both.

Donald Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at