The Jackson 1% Sales Tax Commission attempted to meet Wednesday. The word attempted is use because "project manager" IMS Engineers completely botched the report to the commission. Rarely has JJ witnessed such a display of incompetence at a meeting of any board or commission that didn't involve Kenneth Stokes.
Do you think JJ is being a little too harsh on IMS? Watch the video for yourself. The city is paying IMS $839,000 for one year to act as manage projects funded by the 1% sales tax. The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 2:00 PM. There was a quorum present at Wednesday's meeting. The Commission was ready to get down to business.
There was one small glitch. IMS always provides printed copies of its presentation to the Commission at each meeting. The information includes spending spreadsheets, charts, lists of projects, and other important data. The Commissioners need this info in order to evaluate progress. The commissioners asked IMS to provide the information prior to the meeting. IMS did not do so. IMS told the Commission that the packet of materials was still being printed at Jackson Blue. The Commission also voted at the September 2 meeting to create a check ledger for the funds spent out of the 1% sales tax account. No ledger was provided at this meeting (See 25:00 in Part 1 of video). Commissioners were not too happy with the inability to provide an honest accounting for the funds spent.
The Commissioners attempted to follow along for a few minutes with the powerpoint presentation but gave up after it became clear that the data provided in the information could not be read (Go to 10:15 in first video for a good example.). However, they got tired of struggling to follow along with a presentation they could not actually read and called it quits after an hour. They made their displeasure known to the IMS representatives. The printed copies just happened to arrive after they adjourned the meeting and were walking out of the door.
Kingfish note: Calhoun needs to quit worrying about high fashion and start doing the job he is being paid nearly a million dollars to do. Part of that job involves presenting reports to the commission AND the public. The IMS representatives also collected the email addresses of everyone present at the meeting and promised to email an electronic copy of the report. IMS has yet to do so. Shocker.
JJ would love to post a copy of the presentation but it can't be scanned. See for yourself: