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Here’s The Scoop….HELLO…..LIGHTHOUSE POINT….

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HOW ABOUT A FIELD TRIP?….

BCbythesea…in previous posts …this writer has written about Lighthouse Point…our neighbors to the north…

what they have that we..in LBTS do not….

what they seem to accomplish…than we …in LBTS do not

They are a town similar in size ….

They have become most adept at getting grants…..to the tune of $100 thousand recently for public safety….

They too acquired contiguous property in town to add to their Town’s municipal complex….

They have their own fire department and police department….even their own building department!…

BCbythese…a little history….this writer called Lighthouse Point a while back….to inquire on their budget…somehow…”word” got back to the Town…the Vice Mayor…and “word” got back to this writer…I had “no right “to call and inquire…HUH?…

I called as a private citizen…and said so to the Lighthouse Point Administrator….very much within my “rights!”….

add to all this…

in today’s Sentinel…

‘Lighthouse Point Plans Smaller Budget”….Linda Trischitta…

After they completed their budgeted projects…including the bridge at NE 44th St. & Lighthouse Dr….the public library expansion…Lighthouse Point has no big Capital Improvement expenditures planned….

Last year Cap Imp. expenditures from the general fund…$600 thousand…proposed for the 2008-09 budget year $50 thousand…

Total Budget proposed 2008-09…..$14.8 million

Total Budget 2007-08….$15 million

Percent change …..1.44 percent decrease

Dollar change….in property tax revenue….$155 thousand increase….

Percent change in property tax revenues….2.3 percent increase….

Total tax rate proposed 2008-09….3.5143

Tax rate 2007-08…..3.2934

Impact on homesteaded house valued at $275 thousand….the average taxpayer will face an $820 city tax bill…last year….$820…savings $3….

Impact on non-homesteaded house valued at $275 thousand…will see a decrease of $1…

What is being cut…3 positions that became vacant in 2007-08…were cut…

What’s next….Public Hearings ..Sept 10 & 24…city hall….

BCbythesea…Readers….DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?….

Whether it is Lighthouse Point…with the above…or Delray Beach for info on the revitalization of their downtown and businesses….these towns have already done what we are trying to do….why not take the time to see how they accomplished what we want to accomplish…instead of “reinventing the wheel?”….

ONE MORE THING….when Googling came upon the original annexation for the north end of town…yes it addressed the sewers….and also the plans for the improvements to the town…including…..SIGNAGE….and what is on the Master Plan Steering Committees’ list to address yet again…this year…SIGNAGE….YIKES!…

MPSC…get the signage…this year!….

more to come….

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