Added Opportunities for Public Comment

Please come and I will attempt to answer any questions that the public has. Note…This is not a called or advertised meeting of the Board of Commissioners. This is an opportunity to get information out to the public. I will ask that anyone that has questions please submit them in writing to me at the meeting. That way I can answer them in person and then also answer them here on this site. Index cards will be available at the meetings. I felt that in response to comments that the board has not made an effort to inform the public, I would provide additional opportunities. There has been a large number of meetings on this topic and multiple opportunities for the public to be heard. I believe in giving the public as many chances as is possible to be heard. Please come see me…

Resolution of Need… Here is Resolution Regarding the Criminal Justice Facilities Project

Here is the resolution that was passed after the statutorily required public meetings establishing the need for such a project and clearing the way for it to be placed on the ballot in the May Primary.


Where it Stands…Progress Reports on Project Design


Hancock Co Jail General Update Report

Here are links to the Progress Reports on the Criminal Justice Facilities Project to date…

Hancock Co Jail Progress Report #1

Hancock Co Jail Progress Report #2

Hancock Co Jail Progress Report #3

Hancock Co Jail Progress Report #4

Please look at these for yourself…Questions? Email me. I will answer any questions here.

Property Tax Impact on Farm Ground if Referendum is Passed

A lot of constituents have asked what the per acre impact would be if the referendum passes…. If the entire project was financed with property tax it would be $2.50 per acre assessed at $1850 an acre. If it is financed with a 50/50 mix of property tax and income tax it would be $1.25 per acre. Click on link below for more information.



Welcome!! Why is this blog being activated?

Why am I starting this blog now? Hancock County is facing some major issues and has some major needs. We are about to start going to the polls within the week to either elect new leaders or re-elect leaders that are going to face these issues. Hopefully, they will face them head on and the years long habit of “kicking the can” down the road will finally come to an end.

Here’s what I intend to do with this site…

  1. Put out as much information as is possible to help you the voter make informed decisions.
  2. Accept your questions and comments about issues facing our county and do my very best to answer those questions and comments truthfully, fairly and unbiased.
  3. Provide access to documents that give you the voter, in black and white, the information you need to make your own informed decision about referendum question on the May ballot, the Criminal Justice Facilities Project, meeting minutes, and all other pertinent information regarding your county government.
  4. I will do my best to bring clarity to unfounded claims, stats and false facts being thrown around by various campaigns and interested persons that have greatly confused the entire discussion around the Project and its impact to the citizens and taxpayers of Hancock County.
  5. I will do my best to remain very clear whether information that is presented here is FACT or my OPINION or the OPINION of another.


What I will not do with this site…

  1. I will not engage in the impugning of any individual’s character or motivations while discussing issues our county faces. All my posts will keep in mind that in my opinion all persons currently holding office or seeking office love and value our community and have the best intentions for the people of Hancock County. While I find myself in disagreement with a number of those individuals about how we solve problems, I do not and will not question their integrity.
  2. I will not give false facts nor will mislead you with half truths or opinions that cannot be backed up with sound reasoning.

I will update and populate this site as quickly as possible in the interest of helping you be informed. Help me out…PLEASE. Have a question? Something that needs clarified? Comments? Please email me at john@hancockcounty.inĀ  and I will do my best to address your concerns here. Please note in your email as to whether you would prefer your name be included or omitted in my response.

Thank you all so much!

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Thank you,


John D. Jessup