By now Americans could use a laugh about someone else’s budget insanity, but mostly the world will laugh at small town America. This past Sunday the circus was not in town, no calliope or herty-gerty sounded, but the clowns where in session. Population 734 less than 200 homes Maury City has a dilapidated one street downtown dead as a door nail.
Yet city officials at the spineless bidding of Mayor Rayce Castelaw in full bible belt wisdom have passed a yearly budget of get this now $ 1,229,000.00. Over one and quarter million dollars, yeah read that number again, what zany taxes will increase for this crypt of town to come up with that pile of dough. Mayor Rayce Castelaw has requested two perfectly good buildings one a prior huge grant debacle to be passed by for the much un-needed proposed new city hall. Bearing in mind the Mayor gets a great portion of his income now from selling the city lumber,pipe and construction oriented goods. Proudly displayed in an enormous sign on his R&T Supply on Hwy 88 is Jehovah Jirah making it easily mistakable for a snake handling church, point being his god wants him to profit so bad he should raise our tax and water bills one and quarter million worth.
Where is the funny part? He just got re-elected pitching local church groups, and prayer meeting groups that we dont need to make any changes. Nothing like moving to Tennessee to make you ashamed of being southern. Praise the Lord and pass the preacher mayor money . Dont forget Enus he gets 10 puhcent o’ your 10 puhcent. Now what is 1.29 Million divided by 178 houses? That is the punchline. You all come on down and see us, turn at the tire shack, wave at the albino and once you hear the banjo music grab them ankles you’re here. Now squeel like a pig.
Not fiction, full unadulterated truth. Actually true story small town American goofiness that is real but surreal!