THERE ARE FOUR AREAS I’M CONCENED ABOUT AS THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THE BUDGET.
EACH OF THESE AREAS ARE HEMMORAGING MONEY WITH PRACTICALLY NO BENEFIT TO THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE.
- FIRE DEPARTMENT – THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS DOING NOTHING FOR THE TOWN AS A WHOLE. WE’RE SPENDING MONEY, A LOT OF MONEY, TO NO BENEFIT OF THE TOWN. ANDREW AND STEVE DON’T CUT IT. WHEN I LOOKED AT THE CALL LOGS, THE ACTION REPORTS, FROM THE TOWN AND FROM DISPATCH IN JASPER THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS FULFILLING NONE, REPEAT NONE, OF ITS REQUIRED FUNCTIONS. NOT ONE TIME HAS OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED WITH FOUR FIRE FIGHTERS TO ANY CALL. AND MOSTLY, 80% OF THE TIME THE CALLS ARE RESPONDED TO BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF WE DON’T HAVE A FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND WE DON’T, LET’S JUST VACATE THE BUILDING AND GIVE UP THE GHOST AND QUIT SPENDING THE MONEY.
- SPENDING MONEY ON DEAD END EMPLOYEES. WE HAD UNTIL RECENTLY TWO EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE NOT DONE THEIR JOBS YET STILL GET A PAYCHECK. I LIKE KENNY AS MUCH AS THE NEXT GUY BUT, LETS FACE IT, HE HASN’T WORKED HIS JOB IN NEIGH ON A YEAR YET UNTIL RECENTLY HE GOT PAID FOR NOT DOING HIS JOB IN COMPLETE VIOLATION OF THE TOWN PERSONNEL MANUAL. BECAUSE I CAN’T GET INFORMATION OUT OF THE TOWN I SUSPECT WE PAID HIM $40,000 OR MORE TO BE ON LEAVE, AGAIN AGAINST THE PERSONNEL MANUAL. HE DIDN’T EVEN SIGN HIS TIME SHEETS AND I CAN’T GET HIS LEAVE ACCUMULATION SHEETS FROM THE TOWN.
- THE SECOND EMPLOYEE WHO ISN’T DOING HER JOB IS Tracy Rodequinez. Over the last 18 months she has written 10 tickets, that’s it. We have paid her over $50,000 during that time and what have we got to show for it? NO BENEFIT TO THE TOWN WHAT’S SO EVER. IN CASE YOU ARE BAD AT MATH THAT IS $5,000 PER TICKET. A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME. WHAT HAS SHE DONE? I WOULD CONTEND NOTHING.
- AND THE FINAL THING IS THE LAWYERS FOR PERSONAL USE. I AGAIN CAN’T GET THE FIGURES FROM TOWN BUT WE HAD TO HAVE SPENT OVER $60,000 ON LAWYERS THAT DON’T BENEFIT THE TOWN AT ALL. Even if we win Helen’s Suit against the Town, because the Florida League of Cities, our insurance carrier, will up our rates again. They raised our rates $5000.00 a year for the Federal Civil Rights action that I and my bride Karin brought against the town. Karin and I lost but our, THE TOWN’S, insurance premium went up $5000 per year for three years. AND NO WHERE IN THE HISTORY OF FLORIDA WAS AN ATTORNEY PROVIDED TO A TOWN EMPLOYEE WHO WASN’T ACCUSED OF ANYTHING. YET WE SPENT $10,000 ON THAT EVENT. THEN THERE WAS THE ANITA RIVERS CITIZEN COMPLAINT. WE, THE TOWN, SPENT APPROXIMATELY $30,000 ON THAT EVENT INCLUDING DEPOSITIONS. YET WHITE SPRINGS GOVERNMENT DID IT AND THE PUBLIC DIDN’T BENEFIT AT ALL. WHAT THE TOWN DOESN’T NEED IS ANOTHER LAWSUIT BUT I AND MY ATTORNEY HAVE ONE WAITING IN THE WINGS BECAUSE OF THE STUPID ACTS OF OUR MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR. BECAUSE IT IS A SIMPLE SUIT I ANTICIPATE IT COSTING THE TOWN $10,000 ALL BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T FOLLOW THE SUNSHINE LAW. IT IS A CUT AND DRY CASE. THEY BROKE THE LAW AND IF THEY DON’T CORRECT THEIR MISTAKE BEFORE WE FILE THE SUIT THAT WILL BE ANOTHER $10,000 DOWN THE CRAPPER.
I SAY QUIT SPENDING CITIZEN’S MONEY THAT PROVIDES NO BENEFIT TO THE CITIZENS. STACY IS DOING THE EXACT SAME THING HERE THAT SHE IS SUEING DEBARY OVER FOR HAVING DONE IT TO HER. I’M SURPRISED THAT THE TOWN ISN’T PAYING FOR HER SUIT AGAINST DEBARY AS WELL.
I SAY QUIT IT. GET A HANDLE ON EXPENSES THAT AREN’T BENEFIITING THE TOWN CITIZENS AT ALL.