Yikes! It was reported today that Carlos Gimenez wants to raise taxes by 5.37%. Isn't that the main reason that Commissioner Natacha Seijas and Mayor Carlos Alvarez were booted out of office? Let me remind you that the Mayor just returned from a trade mission to Spain. His lobbyist buddy and his wife were with him -- at least on the Italy portion of the trip (they self-paid for that).
Inflated salaries to County bigwigs (see my report yesterday, almost $300,000 to the designated port director), County Commissioner trips on our dime to Columbia, Costa Rica, Spain and Singapore and I got an email that another "TRADE" junket is planned for County Commissioners. Bullshit. These are vacations with our tax dollars. Yes they are a drop in the bucket but if things are tight, they shouldn't be globetrotting. Every drop helps, soon the bucket is filled. That Animal rescue bill we had a straw vote on wasn't meant to raise our taxes. Gimenez uses it as an excuse for this tax hike. People might not have voted for it had they known. That is why I never vote for that crap:
Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo suggested from the dais last month that some voters might not have supported the animal shelter ballot measure had it been binding. “They felt, ‘Well, it’s not going to raise my taxes — it’s only a straw-ballot question,’ ”And remember, when the County Commission voted to give the Marlin hundreds of millions knowing that billlions of dollars of unfunded infrastructure existed. We reported on the infrastructure short-fall as early as 2006.
The tax roll for the county is expected to go up 3.9% this upcoming fiscal year and last year it increased by between 1.5 to 1.8%. With these increases I see no need to increase taxes. Buying hundreds of excess cars...and other stupid moves should be stopped. Commissioners should stop with the Mom and Pop Grants. Let them tighten THEIR belt not ours.
NO NEW TAXES.
They knew about unfunded infrastructure for years, I reported on Water & Sewer unfunded infrastructure in 2008. Gimleteye reported on $7 billions dollars of unfunded infrastructure in 2006 when the County Commissioner was flush with extra money from inflated tax rolls. That was 7 years ago. Where were the rainy day funds?
Will this make Carlos Gimenez a one term mayor? The good news, if it passes, Lynda Bell will be gone. Lynda it will be hard to escape this vote.
All you idiots out there: Stop voting for bond issues.
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Numbers don't lie
1. 3.9% property value increase
2. 5.37% Mayor's proposed tax increase
3. 8% already approved water rate increase
4. $830,000,000 Jackson bond proposal
The County government is really trying to raise home owner taxes 10%-12%, raise to transit fees 8.8% as well as raising entrance fees to Viscaya Gardens 20%. The Mayor and County Commissioners do not understand or care about the burden this places on everyone.