A candidate for the Thomasville City Council at-large seat — a former city government employee — wants to educate the council and citizens about expenditures.
City government is owned by the people, candidate Jerry Sangster said, and information should be available to citizens upon request.
Sangster worked in city government finances for 11 1/2 years. She left the city’s employ as a senior accountant and also served as interim chief financial officer.
The candidate said she brought to the attention of city council and other city officials procedural issues in the Financial Services Department she considered detrimental to the overall functioning of the organization.
As a result, Sangster said, a position was created for her as an accounting manager in solid waste and landfill operations.
“I resigned the next day,” she said. “I felt it was their way of punishing me for opening my mouth.”
Sangster said city government debt was about $17 million at the end of 2012.
The city is drawing on a $25 million Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan for water and sewer, she added.
In the next two years, the city will be more than $40 million in debt, Sangster said, adding that was the amount the city owed when she went to work there in 2011.
“I know people don’t understand the City of Thomasville having trouble paying their bills, but they did,” she said.
A candidate in the Tuesday election, Sangster said she does not want to appear bitter toward the city, but there are many things that need to be out in the open.
She said she knows where the debt is and what needs to be changed.
“This is information I can bring to the table nobody else can,” Sangster explained.
She wants what is best for “every-day people who live in the every-day world.”
“We’re at a place that people need to be informed,” Sangster said.