TAB Report on current county Budget Proposal for July 16 workshop.
After leveling off last year following 4 years of decline, property values seem to have turned a corner and have ticked up 3.7% this year, easing pressure on county and municipal budgets. As the county has cranked up the millage rate as the valuations fell, will they now start to decrease them? Apparently not.
Many South Florida 912 members live in County Commission District 2. So I wanted to let you know that Commissioner Burdick is having a town hall on Wed. June 5th. If you can make it, I think you will find it very informative.
Wednesday, June 5th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Palm Beach County Vista Center
2300 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach (just north of Okeechobee Boulevard)
Some of the possible topics for discussion:
1. Overview of the FY2014 budget
2. Office of Inspector General
3. C-51 Reservoir ($1 billion)
4. Questions and Answers
Please bring your friends and neighbors.
County Administrator Bob Weisman and County Attorney Denise Neiman are pushing for the dismissal of our independent Inspector General, Sheryl Steckler. Weisman and Neiman craft their attacks on the OIG by targeting the Ms Steckler and, supposedly, not the IG “Office”. The true independence of Palm Beach County’s IG is the cornerstone of its existence. The first draft of the IG ordinance had the BCC hiring and firing the IG. The adopted ordinance, final version, established an IG committee to do the hiring/firing. The Good-Old-Boy system of government, i.e. Corruption County, needs to end. Does anyone need more evidence? How can “Mayor” Abrams’ speak for the entire BCC about not reprimanding Administrator Weisman for his “fire the IG” rhetoric. The County’s “Mayor” does not have the power to speak for the BCC. Steve Abrams is one of seven equals.
The PEOPLE of this County need to be heard. The only way that WE can get the Board of County Commissioner’s attention is by showing up IN MASS at their next meeting. The first meeting of the month at 2PM is set aside for public comments. MARK YOUR CALENDAR… TUESDAY, MAY 7TH AT 2:00 PM-TIME CERTAIN- MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC. This will be our opportunity to tell the BCC that this spurious attack on the person is, in reality, an attack on the OFFICE. I will be sending out talking points within a day or two.
PLEASE GET THE WORD OUT. It is everyone’s responsibility to get themselves to this meeting and to tell at least 3 other people and ask those 3 people to tell 3 other people and so on… We need to fill the BCC chambers with IG supporters. This is GRASS ROOTS activism.
The OIG and the COE are both under attack. We the People need to speak out.
Pay it Forward,
Dennis C. Lipp
(561) 952-6929 FAX
The attached correspondence (from the public record) is evidence that County Administrator Bob Weisman is lobbying to get IG Sheryl Steckler fired. See the details on pbceda.org – a coalition of which South Florida 912 is a partner.
After some lobbying by other 912ers, County Commissioner Shelley Vana cast the deciding vote to name Dennis Lipp as the second county appointed member of the committee to evaluate a proposal to extend the Ethics Commission to 7 members and consider term limits.
This proposal has the potential to compromise the workings of some of the ethics reforms for which we worked so hard. Watch for an upcoming call to action to monitor these meetings.
For details on the appointment and the other members of the committee, see: Ethics Ordinance Drafting Committee Named – First Meeting Scheduled
Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.Â”
Their goal 50% + of Florida Land under conservation. They are half way there.
Florida Forever and the other environmental extremist feel that 28% ownership of Florida’s land is not enough. They have been calling the legislators to kill or alter bills SR 584 and HB 901. It is imperative that you call. They want the budget to include billions of our tax dollars for their salaries and to steal or condemn our land. Tell the legislators not to alter the bill.
Once out of private hands, Florida land is off the tax roles. Every time that happens, your taxes will go up until eventually your taxes will be too high and you will be forced to vacate your land. Your community will lose land and a tax base without your approval.
This has nothing to do with conservation, it has to do with money power and control. Don’t be Fooled.
Isn’t it time that unelected people STOP telling you what to do with your property.
If you want control of your private property you must call. Call the sponsors of these bills, thank them for sponsoring these bills and also tell them to stand strong against the environmental extremist, and keep the bill in its original language. Call now and leave a message, call Monday and leave another message.
SB 584 Senator Alan Hayes (850) 487-5011
HB 901 Rep Charlie Stone (850) 717-5022
Land Acquisition Florida Forever Date Acres Expense for purchase
2011 * 2464216 * 6,149,422,039.00
Conservation Easements 2011 * 425360 * 387,181,829.00
Everglades Trust 2011 * 67144.98 * 1,005,759,101.00
Total * 2956720.98 * 7,542,362,969.00
Approximate Tax Revenue Loss
$2000 per acre x 2956720.98 = $5,913,441,960.00 Yearly loss to Florida
The chart attached shows the land lost per county.
Look at your county and you will understand why your taxes are so high.
Broward County is at max land lost, Broward county has one of the highest tax rates in the county.
Call now to protect your private property, call often or they will.
If there are no facts, there is no truth, then government provides your reality.
I will not comply, will you?
Knowledge is Power – Truth, Education, Conversation, Action
Karen Schoen, AgEnder
Americans against Agenda 21
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Founder: AgEnders, agenda21today.com
Director: Florida Panhandle Patriots
Chairperson: Save America Foundation
Co-Chair: Florida Assessment Committee on Education, Citizens for National Security
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Attention South Florida 912ers!
You may have been disappointed about the 2012 elections, but get over it! You have a chance to make an impact on the municipal elections in your city – if you live in an incorporated area, on March 12. Generally only 7-12% of the voters turn out for a city election and the very few decide for everyone. Your municipality has a huge impact on your taxes, zoning, police, fire, licensing, etc. In turn, you can have a huge impact on the results!
The Supervisor of Elections lists all of the candidates/ballot items by city , however polling places are not listed. In many cases – a sample ballot or additional details can be found on the elections or municipality’s clerk page.
The following cities are having an election. Click on the city name for the City Clerk page or elections page for your city. Find out where the candidates stand on the issues. For example – are any of the candidates for withdrawing from their city’s participation in the IG Funding lawsuit? Cities in the lawsuit have an *. Are there other issues key to your city? Find out and vote!
*MANALAPAN (no election but referendum question – contact clerk for details)
*PALM BEACH GARDENS
*PALM BEACH SHORES
ROYAL PALM BEACH
*WEST PALM BEACH
ppoll.org is a relatively new organization that purports to influence federal legislation through public polling and other means. There is a local PBC chapter, led by Jay Pellis who sent us the following note regarding an upcoming event that is co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters and Palm Beach State College. It features a town hall meeting with County Mayor Steve Abrams and others, and what they call a “civic engagement fair”, which presumably involves exhibits by local activist groups.
Check it out and let us know what you think.
Here is Jay’s note:
In mid-November (11/16 to be exact), I contacted South Florida 912 to introduce Ppoll Now. We have made progress in our effort to strengthen the relationship between the people and our U.S. Representatives. We still have a long way to go. I hope you will consider joining our community.
I would like to invite you and members of South Florida 912 to a Presidents Day Town Hall meeting on February 18.
Below is event information for the first of a series of Town Hall meetings our organization plans to sponsor. Ppoll Now is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) program seeking to strengthen the relationship between the people and our U.S. Representatives. A prototype is available at Ppoll.org
*Event*: Presidents Day Town Hall Meeting
*Sponsors: *League of Women Voters, Palm Beach State College, and Ppoll Now
*Date:* February 18, 2013
*Time:* 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
*Description:* “Presidents & Citizens: Powers, Rights, and
Responsibilities,” a town hall meeting and civic engagement fair. Discuss
the role and scope of the presidency and citizenship in the 21st century.
Meet local organizations working to improve government.
*Location:* Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL.
1. Panel discussion (1 hour)
2. Civic engagement fair (1 hour)
Steve Abrams, Mayor of Palm Beach County
Randy Schultz, Editor of the Palm Beach Post editorial page
Kim Ardila-Morgan, Director of Center for Applied Ethics at Palm Beach
Facebook event page
Latest numbers on PBC Elections site seem under 0.5%