On Tap For Tonight

Below you will find links to the two meeting agenda packets for tonight, in case you haven’t seen them yet.

CRA Board Meeting Agenda 1/4/12

Much of this agenda centers around the TIF again. Does anyone have a clue how much valuable time has been spent on this TIF boondoggle by those we employ in our town? Does anyone sense the utter futility of government and the way they handle money? Please bear this in mind the next time the Town decides to start another new “project” or wants to cozy up to and get us involved in or with another organization or what-have-you.

Surprise!

Dig a little further into the CRA agenda for tonight and you will see that the property at 800 Park Avenue comes back into the picture for further discussion. At the last meeting a discussion was held about whether to lease, sell or use the property. Surprise! The fact that it was purchased with “Tax Exempt Bond Money” seems to be tying the town’s hands as far as what they can do with the property. Restrictions, restrictions, restrictions. There will always be restrictions to come back and bite us in the butt when we take anything from the government!

Can you say, “Count the cost”, Lake Park leadership?

Attention everyone: This is your lesson. Commit this principle to memory. Please take note of and REMEMBER these restrictions in the future, especially the next time your town wants to fund another of their “great ideas” with grants or enticing tax exempt bond money, etc. These things come with strings attached and with conditions and restrictions and regulations. What might sound good up front will most likely turn into something quite like a millstone around our necks later on…and here is yet more evidence of this.

After a while the absurdity of it all begins to feel reminiscent of other entities that seem to nearly wring you dry and run you in circles, hoping you will simply wear out and give up caring about what they are doing or how much they are charging you. A tempting thought, I must admit.

Does the above look like good financial sense was used for the acquisition of this property? Hmmm…let me think. Uh, that would be a “no”. If I read this right, and please feel free to correct me if I am not, the property was appraised at $300,000 but we sunk $493,000 into it and now can’t even do what we please with it despite the fact that we will be paying on it for another 12 years? Because “tax-gifted” government money was involved, someone felt that made it a great idea. So we got into something as a town that we couldn’t afford (a town we are told is part of an urban entitlement community, so poor we need grants to fund the maintenance of our medians and security cameras, among other things). Perhaps the poor decisions being made have something to do with our town’s resulting financial status, which isn’t looking so good. If someone doesn’t handle money well, giving them more to squander doesn’t exactly make sense.

There is other info in this agenda but I don’t have time to get into it here. Check it out. So, moving right along…

Regular Commission Meeting Agenda 1/4/12

Here’s what’s on the agenda this week:

Vote for approval (or not) of minutes for December 7 and 21, 2011 Commission Meetings

Resolution to Amend the Town of Lake Park Uniform Classification and Pay Plan to Add the Job Description for the Position of Event Assistant

Ordinance to amend section 34-2, Protected tree definition, of the code of ordinances

Ordinance to amend section 9-37, Interest rate collection of costs for code liens, of the code of ordinances

Please come and have your say about these or other topics of your choice. You are allowed three minutes to speak during public comments and you may also speak for 3 minutes in regard to any item on the agenda as those items come up.

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