“The elevator” to TAX WASTE in Palm Beach County…
During our weekly conference call last night, local 9/12 leaders were alerted about yet ANOTHER way Palm Beach County is prepared to waste your tax money…
The Backstory: Tallahassee evidently recently sent down an “unfunded mandate”, calling for the administration of Florida drivers licenses by each individual county now. As such, the Board of County Commissioners has the task of designating the space for this.
Anne Gannon (PBC Tax Collector) made a case before Palm Beach County Commissioners today on why they (read: taxpayers) should approve a lease agreement for a new Lantana Service Center for this purpose.
The dilemna: The county owns vacant space already, that can be refitted for the needs of the Tax Collector… so why wouldn’t the county use it?
The argument: Ms. Gannon pleaded that her office’s staff and management SHOULD ALL BE ON THE SAME FLOOR. They shouldn’t “have” to use an “ELEVATOR”… to get government work done.
My conservative gut-reaction: Are you KIDDING? Taxpayers are being asked to pull out their checkbooks, for a 10-year projection of $8.7 Million in rent & capitol improvements… NEARLY $3 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS… because the employees don’t want to use the elevator??
If South Florida 9/12 leaders had more notice, we could have had more folks on board today… but within 12 hours of the motion taking place, we worked quickly to inform each other in the space of the conference call, do last minute research, and some rapid texting on how to stop this from green-lighting.
Thankfully, my company let me slip out in time to speak to the chamber today. I hope I conveyed that at a time 10% of our neighbors are struggling with unemployment, the Commission members MUST be prudent with our money.
The alternative: Airport Center – our county already owns this land (why pay rent on the proposed Lantana Rd / Congress Ave site?). Although not “South County,” Airport Center would have sufficient accessibility for a majority of PBC residents, with its proximity to Southern Blvd, Okeechobee Blvd, and I-95. The projected cost is much less at $6.1 Million to renovate this property. Airport Center would also take a vacant building on our books, and put it to public use.
My final speaking point to the Board: What is the price… of ‘convenience’? Does the BENEFIT to the taxpayer… justify the EXPENSE??
We got a “temporary” victory today – the Board carried a motion to at least POSTPONE a final vote for 2 weeks.
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