Hood represents the county’s fourth district, which covers eastern portions of the county including Sonoraville, She said these meetings give her the opportunity to sit down face to face with citizens.
Hood will hold her third town hall meeting on April 22, and the big topic will be budget issues.
“I want to learn from the public what they want to see in the budget,” she said.
This year, she said, the budget is going to be lean.
Hood said a preliminary budget has not been released, so no official word is available on potential budget cuts. However, she did say that significantly less money is available to fund additional projects.
“There is a lack of funds,” she said. “The economy will turn one day, but we need to be prepared and prepare citizens.”
She also wants to hear the ideas her constituents have to improve their community.
“People can sit down one-on-one with the person they put in public to represent them,” Hood said. “Leaders need to be accessible.”
In the past, Hood said, her meetings have been a success.
“I learned that citizens wanted an east county fire station,” she said. “I learned that people don’t mind paying property taxes as long as they know how their money is being spent.”
Hood said it is important to her to get a chance to talk to residents one on one and in an informal and informative setting. Department heads such as county fire chief Dave Hawkins will be on hand to discuss citizens’ concerns.
“I am there to hear you, and people like to be heard,” Hood said.
The meeting will take place April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Sonoraville Recreation Complex located on Ga. 53
Among topics for discussion review of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Projects and Discussion of SPLOST 2011 and review of the 2011 budget.
“This is something I hope to continue on a regular basis,” Hood said.