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Tax- limiting proposals defeated….

no caps to vote on for keeping government spending in check…too bad….

mighty powerful this Taxation and Budget Reform Commission…a coveted appointment to be sure…….17 of the 25 were needed to get this on the ballot…it died 14-9…2 absent..

County cash key to new hotel…

yes the convention hotel…$21 million a year of public money…commitment of $8.3 million in tourism tax and $12.8 million of convention revenue towards the project until 2041….still in question…oh yes…is it legal….county attys. are not so sure…HMMMM….

End of Road Rangers….

budget cuts could make them disappear….let,s see savings…$21 million…lotto players…todays number 21….seems to be the number popping up in each budget…to save or spend…

Training is a joint effort….

Hollywood…training of firefighters…for 3 years fire fighters of Pembroke Pines and Miramar…have joined together to train…in what is called R.I.T. Rapid Intervention teams…trainees went through a maze of buildings to work inside as 2 person teams ..to carry almost 60 pounds of gear…navigate confined areas…and simulate the effect of a smoke and nearly zero visibility….how to deal with entanglements from ceilings dropping…

here in LBTS…our new LBTS VFD are training too….want to watch…give them a call…or stop by the firehouse….heard it is quite impressive….

One year deal with Pompano firefighters…

7 months of talks…aid from a federal mediator…result in a 1 year contract…several categories…raises…working beyond retirement…and even steroids!

unanimous vote by commission…retroactive ..10/1/07- 9/30/08…new contract…10/1/08…185 firefighters/trainers/ inspectors…3.5% cost of living raise…same as other city employees….

Note:…LBTS employees and elected official…5% cost of living ..according to 2007/08 budget…previously posted….

new to contract…1.5% base salary payment to licensed EMTs…majority of force are EMTs….

other raises and bonuses…

A base salary raise…5% – 15% for employees temporarily upgraded while covering for absent colleagues…paid after 5 shifts….

Note…this is a new one….as far as I know of….to be added to a municipality…WOW…how strange…

A longevity raise…5% after 14- 19 years continuous service…

A merit salary raise…from 2%- 6%of current base salary..depends on performance level…

Extension of the drop…program allows members 47 years lod or who have 20 years experience to continue to work without drawing from/paying into pensions…

new testing for steroids…

tuition reimbursement for 12 classes for advancement…

9 union job classifications…$49,366- $99,260…

adopted 2008 budget is $208 million…include this new contract…

more fire news…

Fort Lauderdale meeting today…in previous post…union..expired contract…Police chief …it costs $300 thousand to replace one officer!

Property requested for dike…

remember that vote on Lake Okeechobee and the dike art the last commission meet?

seems land is required to do the deed….displacing homeowners…will take place…eminent domain… rears its large head… unless the dike plan fizzels as it has in the past…one estimate for the costly repairs…$800 million!

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Broward and State…

Obits…

Physicist helped develop A-bomb….

John A Wheeler….helped formulate the theory of nuclear fission…gave black holes their name…argued of reality with Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr…dead at 96…

1939…Bohr a Danish physicist…his mentor arrived in U.S. and confided in him that German scientists ha succeeded in splitting atoms….within weeks they sketched out the theory of how nuclear fission worked… 2 years later they developed a model to explain it…wheeler went into the Manhattan Project to build the A- bomb…

He was a professor at Princeton…and U of Texas…

Front section….

private debt collectors to cost IRS $37 million….

have used 3 companies since 2006…to go after $1 billion of unpaid taxes…the companies retrieved so far…$49 million…more than half of what it cost to implement the program….the debt collectors pocketed 24% in commissions!

Editorial…

For an independent building commission…

lobbyist and big pocketed construction industry assoc. want a legislative change to the current Florida building commission….it would expand the commission…packing it ….with special interests….

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