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Here’s The Scoop … Point Your Finger In A Different Direction Pal ….

July 26, 2010 by Barbara

POINT THAT FINGER FURTHER SOUTH DOWN A1A …MY FRIENDS ….

Dear Readers…This writer spoke this morning to SRC and it is as I recalled…In 2007 when then-Commissioner Silverstone came to me and thought he had something “big” concerning SRC sewers…(prev. post) …when all was said and done (pun intended) ….it ended with Silverstone stating they were looking in the wrong place…They were looking at Pompano Beach and they discoverd SRC paid its bills to Fort Lauderdale…THE END…or so we thought…

I thought with this latest revelation of a possible subsidy being paid I may not have remembered that part correctly  and decided to call and check …In the conversation I had this morning with SRC I was correct….I was informed again as previously posted …SRC only asked for an equitable sewer bill  rate upon annexation and that after annexation up until a certain point SRC paid their sewer bills to the Town of LBTS and the Town paid Pompano Beach… At some point the Town stopped billing for sewer and water and SRC along with LBTS residents in the south began paying Fort Lauderdale… SRC has been paying Fort Lauderdale ….($3 per 1000 gals. as of May this year) …..

What the checks were that the Int. Town Manager paid to Pompano Beach should be from monies turned over to the Town from Fort Lauderdale to pay Pompano Beach for the sewers after Fort Lauderdale took over the Town’s billing…

If there was any subsidy added onto that…or if the Town never went to Pompano Beach after the SRC/SRLN annexation as the Commission decided 5-0 they would at the Feb 3, 1997 Special Commission Meeting (prev. post) is the big question…If they did …there should not be a subsidy…If they went to court there should have been an item on the agenda and perhaps a shade session ….and if the Town decided to subsidize temporarily or aggregate the sewer surcharges from Pompano Beach as either a result of not going for a declaratory judgment or losing a judgment that too should have come in front of the Commission…No one this writer can find can recall either a court case or a return of the SRC sewers on a subsequent  agenda to be voted on…Also Pompano Beach needs to be brought into the picture as well as the annexation with the north end in 2001 and what occurred when they (unincorporated Broward county just as SRC/SRLN was) became LBTS residents and if they too had a surcharge …was that contract taken care of…if so and SRC’s was not…how so?…If not…why not?… And as previously posted who knew about a subsidy if indeed there is one?…

In any event SRC has nothing to worry about in this writer’s opinion… They (I did not own or live in SRC at that time bought in 1999) only asked for the LBTS resident rate and the Town Commission under the advice of the Town Atty. at that time stated the Town would not indemnify SRC but would defend them in any litigation arising from the annexation…

The Town needs to get to the bottom of this one…as it was not only brought up in the Town’s sole local newspaper BTSFuture … and this site, but is contained in the new LBTS 2010/11 budget under the Sewer Enterprise Fund on page 15… and because we are hearing that just as this writer feared in 2007 …some are already pointing fingers at SRC already demanding repayment and stating they were the “pot calling the kettle black” in the 2008 election…  Again, this writer states…not so!…

more to come….

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