June 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

JIMMY CONNER’S MYSTERY PEN PAL MAILER CONTINUES

Jimmy Conner’s
Mystery Pen Pal Mailer Continues

(click on the photo below to download PDF of front and back)

This Group is Targeting Jimmy and His Campaign Contributors

This weekend, another political mailer sponsored by Citizens Speaking Out Committee, Inc. denouncing Lake County Commissioner Jimmy Conner as a “Career Politician” who has a “Pay-To-Play Agenda” was stuffed in the mailboxes of Lake County voters.  The group who sent this mailer is a mystery—our group, Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C., is not working with this group nor do we have any knowledge of who is behind this group.  Whoever is funding this group must really despise Conner and they have a lot of money.

In this mailer, Citizens Speaking Out Committee, Inc. targets not only Conner but his campaign contributors as they try to link favors from Conner in return for contributions.  Last week, our group was informed by a local political activist that an independent investigation is underway into Conner’s campaign contributions and they believe a corruption charge could be established.  This new mailer, along with the information our group received last week, suggests to us that contributors to Conner’s political campaign are under scrutiny by multiple sources.

The Reason Why Conner is Being Targeted

There is a lot of effort and money being spent to vote out Commissioner Conner and some Lake County residents may be wondering why.  In September 2014, Conner crammed through (with the help of Commissioners Welton Cadwell and Sean Parks) a 13.8 percent property tax millage rate increase, which was a slap in the face to every local business and homeowner struggling to survive the Great Recession.  People were really angry because the Lake County Establishment, which is made up of Commissioners Conner, Cadwell, and Parks, took money out of their pockets for government employee raises and pet projects.  It was government greed at its worst.

During the final meeting in which the tax increase was approved, Conner was particularly smug and condescending to an overflow crowd, which included many prominent local business people.  In fact, a number of these business people made public pronouncements they would do all they could to oust Conner.  It appears Conner’s “tax-raising chickens have come home to roost.”  So it should be no surprise that the most hated public official in Lake County is Conner and that money is flowing to a “mystery pen pal” to get rid of him.

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May 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

HABITAT FOR HUMILIATION

Habitat for Humiliation
  

Lake County Commissioners
Run Habitat for Humanity Out of the Community

The leadership and board for Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida released an official statement (click here to view statement) as to their decision to move all new home construction from Lake County to Sumter County.  It is a sad day when one of the nation’s most influential non-profit organizations can no longer do business in Lake County because of government fees.  Lake County’s political leadership is failing working families, the poor, and senior citizens by its overreach in impact fees and taxes.

This is yet another clear-cut message to prospective businesses that Lake County is not a place to do business and it reinforces the anti-business sentiment fostered by Commissioners Jimmy Conner, Welton Cadwell, and Sean Parks.  Business capital and investment will go where it is welcomed and it is clear when Lake County government runs Habitat for Humanity out of the community that businesses should beware.

From the huge 13.8 percent property tax increase and some of the highest impact fees in the state, to a bureaucratic attitude that creates a death by code mentality, Lake County has a real reputation in crisis.  Commissioners Conner, Cadwell, and Parks have been a voting block on every bad decision in Lake County and now the chickens have come home to roost.  It is absolutely humiliating to Lake County that Habitat for Humanity had to make this decision.  This action clearly shows the negative fallout these impact fees are having on working families.

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