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Budget Workshop #1

Let’s get going…

A LBTS building department….brought to you by the Head of Development …who was pretty much cut down in stature by the Town Manager before our very eyes in what he said he was able to provide without assistance…..for putting this department together…and the time-frame of 3 months…to be up and running…

Building of that…pun intended…HOLD OFF….it sounds great on paper…ok maybe on a posted note…but with the dicey economy…and the already stretched too thin Town Manager…and staff…who seem to be the ones who would be putting this together…. with in- house/ part time/ on-call employees… a recent track record of hires…and sudden employment turn-overs…and so many mess -ups ….have to agree with the Mayor on this one…

NOTE: Did not start off thinking it was bad idea…until it was presented….and saw just how confusing even the presentation was….with the final nail in the coffin….Broward County predicting a decrease of 58%!…….

NOTE:…quite an eye-opener to learn that government employees get benefits…by way of the Florida Retirement System…FRS…working a 20 hour week!…

Millage….What a shell game…was played…your millage rate stay the same …but you will “feel” the joy …of a 10% savings …if you are one of the few that actually looks at your tax bill and sees it…according to the Town Manager…

Never mind that no one asked …just how much do we have in the funds… previous posts…just how much we should have …and if the joy could be felt even more with a further reduction….what extent a further reduction would decrease which fund(s)…and change any capital improvement plans …

BCbythesea…Please, please, please….lay it all out on the table….name those funds…each one…name the dollar amounts…. in each one….and decide if the status quo is still the way to go…. cushioned accounts…VS a line of credit…etc….

Fire Assessment….$130….seems it could have been lowered…as with the lowered amount we are told is required for this service…after the BSO ouster….do the numbers compute…at $130?….What is the fire budget…not what the VFD is contracted to be paid…the fire budget?…. If it is more than $984,930….what is the excess for?….

Also with the RFP in the works between the VFD and Sea Ranch Lakes……will that money off-set our LBTS costs even more?…

BCbythesea…see previous post…on SRL… many are astounded that suddenly the VFD should do what was the “bone of contention” of BSO/SRL fire/EMS service…a major topic of grilling towards the BSO Chief from those very incumbents on the dais…

This service to SRL needs to show that indeed the town will benefit from this …if it is awarded to the volunteers…

Capital improvements…The pavilion…Terra Mar bridge..a job done in conjunction with Pompano Beach…the “Yanni” bus shelters…entryways…debt service…and the boardwalks….

On the Town Managers “wish list”…the easements behind Oriana and Minto… beach front property that runs along the the beach north to south in front of the developments… enough for a “pathway”…a “boardwalk”…sounds pleasant…inviting… until you hear the price tag involved with it…$1 million + for each one…with a hope of a grant…which is in the works for approx. $3 million…(taxpayers…still pay for grants in one way or another from the county)…

BCbythesea….previous posts…….on the materials …where the cost is involved…the Town Attorney will see if a temporary “boardwalk” can be put in place to secure the easement…and one that might be used is…

the MOBI MAT…..www.mobi-mat.com

BCbythesea…first posted this a while back under news category when it was in the paper providing access to the beach for the disabled …to walk with walkers…wheelchairs…made for the sand…have e-mailed the info to Town Hall………..without the $3 million price tag… this year…let’s get those easements…

Comm. Silverstone certainly was not immune to the Vice Mayor’s “backhand”….when he questioned the pavilion at this juncture…

KUDOS to the commissioner…is should still be questioned…and should still be on the table…which is the point of these budget workshops…..

As for the rest of the capital improvements…again….. more info on the funding from “the general fund”… and as posted before…infrastructure….infrastructure…. infrastructure…

Finally…this first budget workshop screams out for the creation of the Citizens Budget Review Board to be in place for next year….as this writer saw the resident proposing this board was seated in the audience…

more to come……..

next meeting for the budget…6/24/08…5pm…Jarvis Hall….residents need to attend….

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