Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 11:00am


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To get better economically, Lake County must have change!

Lake County, Florida is in an economic funk. The jobs being created are low pay, part-time service jobs. Every day, Lake County is losing the battle of attracting new business opportunities to neighboring counties. Some of the blame can be plopped on the failed anti-growth kabob led by the Lake Sentinel’s editorial page, but most of the blame falls squarely on the failed policies and environment created by local elected officials. Lake County is getting beat badly and these local elected officials are so out of touch that they don’t realize they are getting trounced.

To get better economically, Lake County must have change! To change, Lake County voters must change their elected officials or their attitudes.

Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. understands that most of our readers and followers are working very hard to make a living and provide for their family. Keeping up with the intricacies of local government is not exactly at the top of the priority list. So we have developed the top six issues that every candidate must be willing to change. Quiz your candidates on these issues.

  1. Impact fees are not working for anyone, whether it is government or business. The reasons are simple. Reliance on a steady income from the building industry, which has been in a recession for eight years and subject to collapse at any time is insane. You cannot properly fund government and plan for the future. Most importantly, impact fees negatively affect commercial construction and jobs a heck of a lot more than residential development. With Marion County waving impact fees for five years and surrounding counties having much lower impact fees, Lake County will not be able to attract new industries and jobs. Impact fees are a job killer. Candidates must develop better funding strategies to meet the needs of the community while not destroying job growth.
  2. The Lake County School District is an educational disaster. Every single School Board member elected in the last few election cycles has promised change only to be coopted by the school bureaucracy. The Lake County School District is failing academically and in regards to discipline. Lake County needs leaders willing to make changes in processes, but most importantly people. Currently, there is no one with courage on the Lake County School Board.
  3. Lake County needs candidates who put Lake County workers and businesses first. Lake County and the School Board do a horrible job buying local and utilizing local workers. Elected government officials allow the local bureaucrats to write bid specifications in such a way that disqualifies local companies and workers. Any candidate running for election for a seat on the Lake County Commission or School Board needs to put Lake County first. They should demand that everything is done to keep local taxpayer money local. It is time to stop local jobs from being bought by the highest campaign contributor from Orange County.
  4. It is time to remove the curtains and open up Lake County government. Hidden expenditures and budgets from Lake County’s constitutional offices have to be made easier for public inspection. Too much of the people’s money is not properly accounted for in detail and there seems to be a willingness by current officials to shield them. A candidate who earns your vote should be committed to government reform and transparency when it comes to how the people’s money is spent.
  5. The 13.8% increase in property taxes from a couple of years ago, which was rammed through by Commissioner Jimmy Conner, has to be rolled back. As properties appreciate from the Great Recession the amount of actual tax dollars Lake County receives is a lot more. A 13.8% property tax millage rate increase makes actual out-of-pocket dollars from the taxpayers go up as their property values increase. This is a rip-off of the taxpayers that must be reversed. There is no reason why Lake County should have the highest property taxes out of its neighboring counties.
  6. Finally, it is time Lake County voters make a change and elect honest people to public office. Lake County voters need to demand high standards in honesty and ethics, which is missing in many of the current elected officials.

The bottom line is simple: we as Lake County voters can re-elect the Lake County Establishment and get the same old results. If you want real change, then you have to look much closer at who you are voting for this time. Just like across America, Lake County needs to reject the Establishment because it is failing the people.

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  1. Ben Dover says:

    George Walker Bush shortly after September 11, 2001 – “you can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones we need to concentrate on.”

    June 1992 – George Herbert Walker Bush quote cited by White House reporter, Sarah McClendon when she asked him about the Iran-Contra – “If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched.”

    And in 2016 Jeb said “did you see that masked man?”

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