The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Wednesday, September 19th, Day 147 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Since no one can talk about anything at a Town Council meeting because the Town has an incompetent, angry despot, Spencer Lofton, running meetings, let’s talk about the White Springs fiscal year 2018-2019 budget where everybody can see the hoax that is being foisted on White Springs residents.
Florida Statute, Title XII – Municipalities, Chapter 166-Municipalities, Section 241 – Fiscal Years, Budgets and Budget Amendments governs what White Springs can and must do.
Paragraph 1 requires that the Town maintain a fiscal year beginning October 1 of each year and ending September 30 of the following year, while Paragraph 2 requires that a budget be established and approved for each fiscal year.
To help all 67 Counties and all 412 Municipalities, the State Office of Economic and Demographic Research provides a forecast of most of the tax revenues, not including property tax, service fees which each entity can expect. You can access all of these forecasts at http//edr.state.fl.us/Content/local-government/data/county-municipal/index.cfm .
By Statute, the State collects these revenues and distributes them to each entity. What this means is the State eliminates much of the uncertainty concerning how much revenue, both restricted and unrestricted, a Municipality will receive. For White Springs, property taxes and water, wastewater and rubbish fees are fairly consistent from year to year. White Springs projected revenues can be forecast with reasonable certainty. Every fifth grader in Hamilton County should be able to pull this information and provide a revenue forecast for the Town. Unfortunately the Red-face Ratt’s Lapdog “Just keep paying me” Tebow, can’t.
Of course, the other side of every Budget is expenditures. Normally, Municipalities spend months identifying needs, gathering information, developing plans and forecasts, and determining priorities. Municipalities don’t take “hip shots” or “pull numbers out of thin air”, which is something being done by the Lapdog.
For instance, the Lapdog has proposed $10.5 million in 2018 on two projects for which there are no funds. She must have been hallucinating. But this is just the tip of the spending “iceberg” . Additionally, over the next couple of years, the Lapdog has proposed $10 plus million for other projects with little or no insight to how these would be paid. Only the Wastewater collection system rehabilitation project has any funds available. However, the Lapdog offers no revenue source for financing the $720,000 plus interest the Town must Cover. This will total well over a million dollars for you to pay.
You might want to know about the use of fuel tax revenues for roads and streets. The State forecast that $210,738 would be available next year for White Springs. The Lapdog proposed spending none of these funds on roads and streets in Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Apparently, the Ratt “Gang of Three” and the Lapdog have set their sights on stealing all of those funds.
Even in Fiscal Year 2019-2020, the Lapdog has proposed $100,000 for sidewalks and nothing for roads. With revenues of about $1.3 million for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, there is no expenditure information; there are no plans; and there are no estimates. It’s unlikely anyone spent more than a few minutes working on anything. No fifth grader would have been that foolhardy.
Come on folks! The level of greed and incompetence is beyond belief. You need to get involved. If you are not going to be allowed to participate at Town Council meetings, it’s time to recall Council Members. Alternatively, start reporting nepotism, embezzlement, retaliation, pedophilia, nepiophilia, ephebophilia, drugs, bribes, fraud, and other corruption to the FBI in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000.
Guard your Money Near the Ratt! It’s Day 147 and the Red-face Ratt hasn’t resigned yet. The Rhatt Pack Watch Continues.