Showing posts with label Gloucester Courthouse Virginia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gloucester Courthouse Virginia. Show all posts

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gloucester, Virginia Board of Supervisors Work Session Meeting, October, 2014

Gloucester, Virginia Board of Supervisors meeting, October, 2014.  This is the second meeting of the month and is a work session meeting.

  The first guy up demands socialistic solutions to animal problems.  He expects government to solve everything.  He must think we are in Russia.  He completely ignores other animals such as raccoon's, squirrels and more as causing the same issues as cats.  It's NOT the government's place to solve everyone's problems.  This is the issue we suffer from today.  Everyone thinks it's the government's job to solve every problem and at the same time do NOT want higher taxes they just caused by their own expectations?  Really?  Who are you kidding?

  There are some decent suggestions that are made regarding what to do about the feral cat problems in Gloucester, but by the time you get to this in the video above, the entire board seems to forget about those suggestions.  It's a civil matter as there are no state codes covering such issues.  If you want state codes to cover these issues, then you have to get it done at the state level and realize it will cost everyone more money in taxes and take away more freedoms.

  We still need to go through the rest of the video to see what other issues exist as we are not at all pleased with the continuation of the FEMA mitigation crap that is costing everyone a fortune.  Agenda 21?  Looks like it.

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The York Herald, Issue No 12, By Phillip Bazanni, Gloucester, VA Board of Supervisors, Oct, 2014

York Herald 2014 Issue 12, Phillip Bazzani, GCBoS from Chuck Thompson

Here is the latest edition of the York Herald, Issue No. 12.  Written and produced by Phillip Bazzani,  it's a great tool for keeping area residents up to date on what our local government officials are looking at and considering or adopting.   Mr Bazzani has been kind enough to share these with us each month.

  In order to read the newsletter in larger detail, just click the box at the very bottom right hand corner to open the container into full page format.  This will make reading much easier.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gloucester, VA Delinquent Tax Property Auction Sale List

Gloucester, VA Tax Auction, Nov 2014 from Chuck Thompson

Above is a list of properties going up for public auction for delinquent tax payments.  This only goes to show that no matter what you think, you do not own the land you think you own.  It can very quickly be taken from you for many reasons.  If any of these properties are occupied by someone who simply can not afford to pay the taxes, then it is a crime against God to take their home.  Read the bible here.  If you want to get a deal on real estate at the expense of someone else's hardship?  By participating in buying any of these properties, you are saying that you do not believe in ownership of land to yourself and everyone else as well.  You just gain control over it for a cost.

  If anyone out there has fairly deep pockets and can afford to help out a family that may need it then we recommend researching these properties and seeing if you can't pay those back taxes for a family or person in desperate need.  Where are the non profit foundations now?  Temporarily house the homeless during the winter but let's create homeless folks instead of helping prevent the crisis to begin with?  Put together a group of private individuals who can pool money to help out anyone of the people in the above list.  It may make you eligible for extra tax deductions.  You would have to check with a good accountant or lawyer who specializes in this area.

The US Constitution as well as the original state Constitution does not allow for personal property taxes.  No one can show where they are.  The 16th Amendment is not legal as it is written as a right of the Government against the people which is not what the Bill of Rights were designed for.  The Bill of Rights is the rights of the PEOPLE.  It's clear we have a criminal government even at the local level.

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2014 Anonymous "Important Message To The WORLD, Solution Found

We Can Do It poster for Westinghouse, closely ...
. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interesting video that is worth the time to watch.  Anonymous is an interesting group and one has to wonder if it's part of the propaganda machine or if they are truly fighting the propaganda machine.  We present this video for your consideration.  We do see value in the information in it but question some areas of it as well.  But again, what is perfect?

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Codex Alimentarius Commission, Is It A Conspiracy?

English: Template for Template:Food safety
English: Template for Template:Food safety (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Codex Alimentarius, often stated to be a conspiracy and the above video is a documentary on just this.  Below we present the actual Codex Alimentarius Commission Procedural Manual that few people have ever seen.

  Our objective is not to get you to believe one side or the other.  We are simply presenting the information and allowing you to start your own research and come to your own determinations.

One more short video for anyone who does not have the time to watch the longer video above.  The arguments are very interesting to say the least.  For those wondering why people all across the globe are getting fat?  Could the answers be found here?  Cancer issues?  Are the answers also found here?  Are the people in the videos just nuts and there really is nothing to their stories?  Read the Commission Procedural Manual and decide for yourself.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gloucester, Virginia School Activities Funds Accounting Nightmares

Greetings Doctor Clemons and School Board Members,

About a year ago rumors began to circulate about the possible misuse or theft of Gloucester County Public Schools’ (GCPS) athletic event entrance fees.  After hearing the rumors persist for a few months I and other Gloucester citizens began to take a look at how Activities Funds are handled.

On April 29, 2014 concerns pertaining to GCPS Activities Funds were presented to the School Board via email.  During the May 13, 2014 School Board meeting it was announced that a presentation and review of activities and athletics, audits, etc. would be scheduled for the July or August meeting of the School Board. The presentation actually occurred at the September 9, 2014 School Board meeting.

From the presentation it looks like some positive steps are being made to enhance accountability of Activities Funds.  However, the biggest deficiency seems to be those responsible for oversight (The School Board)being disengaged.  Based on the questions various board members asked, it is clearly evident they have not gone to the schools and witnessed first hand how Activities Funds are handled.  Another issue that should be explored is the School System’s reason for having its audit combined with the County’s.  Ms. Wright stated it was because of inconsistencies in reports that were received from the previous Auditors the school system procured independently.  What were the inconsistencies?  Were the other Auditors seeing shortcomings not normally pointed out by the currently used Auditor who has also been the sole Auditor for the County for several years?

(Excerpt from Audit Report)
Basis of Accounting
We draw attention to Note 1 of the financial statements, which describes the basis of accounting.This financial statement is prepared on the cash basis of accounting, which is a basis of accounting other than accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Our opinion is not modified with respect to that matter.
Accounting for over $1.4million annually using accounting procedures not generally accepted in theUnited States of America does not seem very responsible.  Are there “best practices” accounting procedures that could be implemented?
(Excerpt from Audit Report)
In accordance with Government Auditing Standards, we have also issued our report dated August 15, 2014 , on our consideration of County of Gloucester , Virginia School Activity Funds’ internal control over financial reporting and on our tests of its compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements and other matters. The purpose of that report is to describe the scope of our testing of internal control over financial reporting and compliance and the results of that testing, and not to provide an opinion on internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. That report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards in considering County of Gloucester , Virginia School Activity Funds’ internal control over financial reporting and compliance.
In this excerpt the Auditor speaks to the scope of testing.  What is the test ratio used to determine how much of what is looked at during the audit?  The Auditor makes it clear that the audit is not a comprehensive analysis of internal control over financial reporting or on compliance. Who does a comprehensive analysis and how often?  Maybe a committee made up of students, teachers, School Board members,  bookkeepers and parents should be created to provide monthly oversight.

(Excerpt from Audit Report)
Internal Control over Financial Reporting
In planning and performing our audit of the financial statement, we considered County of Gloucester, Virginia School Activity Funds’ internal control over financial reporting (internal control) to determine the audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances for the purpose of expressing our opinion on the financial statement, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of County of Gloucester, Virginia School Activity Funds’ internal control. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion on the effectiveness of County of GloucesterVirginia School Activity Funds’ internal control.
In this excerpt the Auditor makes it clear that the audit does not measure how effective or ineffective internal accountability procedures are.  If the annual audit does not measure compliance or effectiveness of internal accountability then who or what does? A monthly review committee could also provide oversight in this area.
(Excerpt from Audit Report)
Our consideration of internal control was for the limited purpose described in the first paragraph of this section and was not designed to identify all deficiencies in internal control that might be material weaknesses or, significant deficiencies.Given these limitations, during our audit we did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that we consider to be material weaknesses. However, material weaknesses may exist that have not been identified.
In the excerpt the Auditor makes it clear that the Audit is not in depth enough to identify all instances of theft or misuse and acknowledges that theft or misuse may exist.  Amounts of money in question in the Audit Report should not be considered when deciding whether or not accountability procedures are being followed.  Only procedures followed in comparison to policy, the number of noted shortcomings in comparison to the sample ratio, shortcomings from previous years and any mitigating circumstances surrounding the shortcomings should be considered when determining if a further look is necessary.  An overall compliance determination cannot be made using only the Annual Audit Report. For all the Auditor or anyone else knows, there could be discrepancies involving tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars because oversight by the School Board is nonexistent.  Again, a monthly review committee could effectively provide that oversight.
(Excerpt from Audit Report)
Significant Accounting Policy:
The accounts and records of the school activity funds are maintained on a cash basis reflecting only cash received and disbursed. Therefore, receivables and payables, inventories, accrued income and expenses, equipment, and depreciation, which are material in amount are not reflected, and these statements do not present the overall financial position or results of operations. Minor additions and replacements of furniture and equipment intended to be paid for out of normally recurring income are included in costs and expenses in lieu of depreciation on the statements of cash receipts, disbursements, and balances.
In this excerpt the Auditor is stating that the School System’s Activities Funds Financial Statement is incomplete. It lacks quantified material values which are necessary to properly account for equipment, supplies, etc.  Are there policies and methods in place to account for the Activities Fund’s material inventory?
(Excerpt from Audit Report)
All Schools
Due to the nature of school activity funds, there is an inherent risk of misappropriation of assets associated with the lack of segregation of duties over the accounts, records, and financial reporting. Although this risk exists, the costs of segregating these duties would likely outweigh the benefits. We recommend those charged with governance and management implement review procedures and other monitoring activities to mitigate the risks associated with the lack of segregation of duties.
The above statement has been included in at least the last five years audit reports.  The following was provided in the presentation and is not included in the actual Audit Report contained in the online Agenda Packet.
(Excerpt from Presentation Slide)
School activity funds across the Commonwealth of Virginia have an inherent risk associated with the lack of segregation of duties over their accounts, records and financial reporting. An inherent risk is in the environment due [to] the lack of an accounting department in a school. By default, the fiscal responsibilities are typically handled by the school bookkeeper and reviewed by the individual school principals and certain school board staff and members. This review and oversight by management and those charged with governance mitigates the risk associated with this lack of segregation of duties. This inherent risk is present in every school activity fund across the Commonwealth of Virginia . This statement does not “suggest that there has been a continuing history of non-existent procedures and monitoring activities” It serves to report to management and those charged with governance about the importance of their involvement in the fiscal matters of the school activity funds to provide oversight and review activities. Ann Wall, Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates
None of the audits performed by the Auditor within the last five years contained a scope directing or requiring an analysis to identify reoccurring or continuing shortcomings, trends, etc.  Each and every report for the last five years contains the following pointed statement:

(Excerpt from Audit Report)
We recommend those charged with governance and management implement review procedures and other monitoring activities to mitigate the risks associated with the lack of segregation of duties.
The above statement explicitly recommends the” implementation” of review procedures and monitoring activities. The Auditors have continually used the word “implement”, not other words like improve, enhance or continue.  Of course such a statement in a single report does not suggest a continuing history, but five years worth of reports containing the same statement certainly does exemplify that appearance.

Thank you for responding to the concerns previously presented.  In closing I would like to recommend the following link to Fairfax County’s policy pertaining to activities funds.  FairfaxRichmond and numerous other localities have comprehensive policies that could be used as models in developing policies here in Gloucester County.

Kenny Hogge, Sr.
Gloucester Point

Friday, September 12, 2014

What is the Real Deal About our Economy

By:  Sue Long

Do you have a problem

· when you call a tech or service department agent and can’t understand what they are saying?

· that your income is not keeping up with rising prices?

· with finding goods that have been made and packaged in America?

· although goods cost much more than in the past they are inferior in quality

and don’t last nearly as long?

The trade pact NAFTA has contributed to all of these things. Indeed, it has led to lower wages, job losses, outsourcing, and even a loss of American sovereignty. Trade pacts such as NAFTA are regional arrangements that are foreign governing bodies that take control over not just trade but also regulations that have nothing to do with trade. For example, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has only 5 chapters of the 29 that actually deal with trade.

Is there a precedent? The once sovereign nations in Europe joined the EU (European Union), having been sold on the premise that it would be good for their economy. History has proved otherwise. Today the EU rules supreme at the expense of the individual nation’s sovereignty and their economy is in dire condition – near collapse.

For more information, go to and type "trade pacts" in the search window.

We can prevent further damage to America by preventing more free trade pacts from being passed. The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic and Investment Partnership are on the launching pad. Our legislators are being lobbied for them now in anticipation of bringing them up for a vote at the most advantageous time – quite possibly during the upcoming lame duck session.

We need to get a commitment now from our legislators that they will vote against these pacts. You can help by contacting your legislators.


Here is a sample letter:

The TPP and TTIP agreements should be opposed because they are detrimental to our economy and would lead to the eventual economic and political integration of the United States with eleven or more Pacific Rim nations and the European Union (EU). The example of how 28 formerly independent European nations lost their national independence through a series of free trade agreements to the new supranational government, the EU, shows
how this would happen for the United States.

Will you commit to vote NO on all such free trade pacts as TPP & TTIP?

Sign it with your name and address

Thank you so much for helping !

The Committee for Constitutional Government
Post Office Box 972, Gloucester, VA 23061