Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What is in a name? Guest Blog by Smarterthanyou

If you just don't call it taxes, you can get away with anything. All the Bonds, they are out of your pocket. The Stormwater fees in Miami Beach Jumped 84% but the property taxes are the same.  How dumb are you all? Services cost money no matter how they disguise it. School bonds, hospital bonds, payments to sports billionaires, subsidizing museums, etc. All in the budget with all the interest. Don't demonize unions, that is a diversion. You are just stupid, that is the real problem.

ON ANOTHER NOTE:
"Another top aide is leaving the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Deputy Mayor Chip Iglesias will head to the private sector after July 31. He resigned just a week after Chief of Staff Lisa Martinez said she too would step down."

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always said if you have to pay for it even if you don't use it then it's a tax Line item taxes are nothing more than a workaround to milage rate caps.
And there is a lot of waste in how those taxes are spent. Clearly there are structural deficiencies in the county's payroll. Some in the contracts but not all.

Having said that management has known for four years labor snap backs were coming yet fail to address the deficiencies or budget for the snapbacks.

Now at the 11th hour, caught with their pants down, staring at an election and having given away the store on the friends and family plan, are they going to except responsibility?
No, they're going to try to extract as much from the taxpayer as they can under the guise of no tax increase then blame labor for the rest while parading out a few overpaid cops and firefighters to prove their point never mentioning the basic reason for all the overtime or huge overpaid chain of command paid to support them.

Labors' only option is to push back against those that are demonizing them.

Anonymous said...

If you don't hire enough cops (200 under) you have expensive over-time.

Anonymous said...

We are all going to pay the stormwater fee very soon or else we would be able to get insurance or mortgages.

Anonymous said...

The ones demonizing them are Carlos Gimenez and Linda BELL.

Anonymous said...

How about fake museums? Perez Art Museum Miami FKA Miami Art Museum is getting another $1 Mil today, July 23rd, from the OMNI CRA. Yup. Noon at City Hall. This financial black hole is losing $14 Mil to $15 Mil per year AND this the same "museum" that promised to raise an endowment from private donors. EOM is right, debt service costs us money. Taxpayers screwed again.

Anonymous said...

Miami Beach is a flooding city yet property valuations are rising? Don't forget some of the bond issues for street and park improvements took over ten years. Miami Beach is the king of the AAA bond rated scheme. Even though they are a flooding island with pension and overtime fraud they continue to get top billing from Wall Street. They even received a discount on federal flood insurance for spending money on pumps. The pumps are only designed to removed flood water after the fact. Get a quote from the mayor. He will confirm the pumps are useless for prevention.

Anonymous said...

finnally someone spills the truth, how would you feel if your boss called you overpaid,lazy, benefit rich, and all the other demoralizing things carlito gimanez says about his employees.

miaexilr said...

brutally honest truth. gimenez was the wolf in sheeps clothing. i, for one, fell for it, however i have remained vigilante about bond issues since i moved here more than 20 years ago. wish more would do the same.


Constantino said...

Speaking of tax dollars. I noticed a street light flicker from green to red, and then go out completely on Flagler, near downtown. Maybe one of the eom readers would be kind enough to work as a liaison to remedy the situation. Thankfully, I didn't get an eye in the sky ticket in the process.

With love to all,

Constantino

Anonymous said...

Let’s be honest here. No one gives up a $225.000 a year job unless the conditions are so horrible and the demands are so unethical that the high salary no longer outweighs the possibility of going to prison. What did Gimenez ask Iglesias to do that was so outrageous that caused Iglesias to balk? We may never know what happened behind the scenes between Iglesias and Gimenez but the departure of three top aides to Gimenez in the past two months just prior to a difficult budget season indicates the fissures in the empire. Gimenez was elected with money from the Dolphins, Norman Braman and associates and the support of The Miami Herald. None of those powerful parties gives a hoot about Gimenez any longer and I believe we are beginning to see the beginning of the end. When Gimenez go, the putrid stench of Jorge Luis Lopez, Freddy Balsera, Ralph Toledo Garcia, Carlos Jr., the Munillas and the cesspool of lobbyists, contractors and consultants may go with him. When the odds of saving Gimenez no longer favor our State or U.S. Attorney, Gimenez will go down, just like Robaina, Pizzi and Morono.

Anonymous said...

This sounds familiar- during contentious union negotiations not so long ago at the City of Miami, the union hired private investigators to tail top administrators involved in negotiations. As a result of what they found, several resigned or "retired".

Anonymous said...

One can only work for a madman the likes of carlos Gimenez for so long. Good luck chip.

Anonymous said...

Eltumbe wrote:

Watched old Chip give his side of the story to Channel 41 last night and I would have laughed were it not that the sight of a defeated coward only wants to make you vomit. In a hypocritical tone Chip explained how it “was time to move on” and he even justified his $200+ salary as just payment for a job well done. Come off of it Chip, tell the truth, the easy ride is over, your master has unleashed your collar like the old Cubans used to release their unwanted dogs in Homestead in the old days. You are yesterday’s news and as the days go by you will be receiving few phone calls from “friends” who don’t know how to cut the lines. You were just the useful idiot for a megalomaniac who used you as rag and then… Well you get the picture. If you feel any cold stares from the guy who picks up your trash, the lady that checks out your kid’s books, the policeman who patrols your neighborhood or the guy fixing the pothole in front of your house don’t despair, you brought that rejection upon yourself.

- See more at: http://www.politicalcortadito.com/2014/07/23/rumors-true-chip-iglesias-leaves-mayor-carlos-gimenez/#sthash.6l1jRLY2.dpuf

Anonymous said...

The Rats are jumping ship!!!

Anonymous said...


"Chip Iglesias" leaving? That dude is another fire union member. No private sector experience. He wasn't happy making $225,000 per year plus $75,000 per year in benefits? He is the beneficiary of County government massively overpaying and over compensating public sector employees.

Pete said...

My guess is that he is being shitcanned and Gimenez let him say he is leaving on his own volition.

Anonymous said...

Smarter than me?

Not based on this post.

Anonymous said...

Smarter than you because I don't saddle us with bond payments when we are in a budget crunch.

Miami Beach Resident said...

I know taxes are disguised as bonds. I bows we just approved a school bond and now our taxes are going up too. I know the storm water fee is just a tax in disguise. Am I as smart as you? I know a con when I pay for one.

Anonymous said...

The political establishment is faltering.

1. Fees for every county service has been increase in many cases almost 50%, but the taxpayers do not know because these are not "taxes" although raising fees for "services" is synonym of increase in taxes.
2. Every non for profit requesting money receives money.
3. The Perez Museum is receiving more money this year than in the prior year, PLEASE READ FORM 990 FOR 2011 OR 2012 FILED BY THIS "NON PROFIT" the salary of the CEO is $292K of which $25K was a bonus. The non for profit receives money and grants, and is able to give salary increases.
4. The county overpay for eah one of its contracts, and overpay for the high number of change orders in its construction contracts.
5. Since the money comes from the taxpayers nobody cares.
6. We need a government with Common Sense, but as long as the individuals need huge amounts of money to get elected they will always have to pay those donations back, one way or another, if not then they cannot borrow/received donated money the next time they want to be re-elected. The sad part is that politics is so bad that every politician wants to run for re-election.