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Wayne likely to get the fire board’s nod

August 7, 2013

Lehigh Acres Interim Fire Chief John Wayne is expected to be told this week that the fire district’s board of directors has chosen him as full-time chief....

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Aug-08-13 12:02 PM

Butch, This would be another 'special district' tax and we already have over 100 such districts in Lee. The truth of the matter is 'THEY' (like every other public 'servant') are going to get their money whether we can afford it or not. Surely the FD is needed but not in the numbers of people they employ and all the other toys they enjoy. Do we really need a 3,000-story ladder truck; 8 zillion firemen and staff? I say "no" and could prove it if given the chance.

The real "bottom-line" is to be found in the CAFRs and no one wants to talk about them. Why? It's taxpayer money. Could it be that if the truth be known maybe we could have tax decreases or elimination altogether? Or, could it be that "public people" would start going to jail? The whole story is in the CAFRs.

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Aug-08-13 10:49 AM

the new "tax" as I understand it would replace the ad velorum portion on your tax bill and be replace by a figure based on other criteria yet to be determined it sounds like - when these figures are published the voters will have the opportunity to choose - this is where the "public education" part comes in - probably will be more for some and less for others when all is submitted - the bottom line is we need a sustainable financed and managed department - when their services are needed people expect them to show up in a timely manner with the equipment and training and education to mitigate the situation

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Aug-07-13 2:51 PM

As examples of what is going on in America consider these two agencies: Cape Coral government states its public employees’ pensions and benefit programs are going ‘broke’; Detroit is reporting the whole City is ‘broke’; neither of them is broke. They are omitting the truth and the truths are to be found in their CAFRs.

To understand, one has to understand what is in a CAFR. A CAFR is a two-tier government-agency audit report that specifies assets and liabilities. The problem is ‘they’ only tell us the liability side; they NEVER disclose the asset side in DETAIL, never. What these two agencies have done is publish what their projected 30-year liabilities will be and then make it seem as if that amount is due, NOW. Then, they simply state the assets are insufficient to cover the debt but they only publish a projection of assets for 1-year! They will NOT reveal ALL the assets. And, they are making it more difficult to identify those assets. The assets? they come from YOUR taxes!

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Aug-07-13 10:54 AM

Butch: You are right, it would be ideal if more people attended. But, I have been there and it is laughable. They huddle like children and mumble amongst themselves and will NOT answer a DIRECT question.

Most specifically, the last time I was there I wanted to know about their CAFR. Their departmental 'expert' (a rather large hero) had no knowledge of it but he said he would check and "get back with you". That was about a year-and-a-half ago. They have money WITHOUT adding more taxes but that info is BEING KEPT FROM US. It's sad.

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Aug-07-13 10:34 AM

being a commissioner on a fire dept board is probably one step above the thankless job of a school board member - with that said - they all asked the voters to be there - wouldn't it be great if we could find five folks who know what it takes and involves to run a fire department with some type of experience in finance and human relations - don't forget to attend the public monthly meetings!!!!

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Aug-07-13 8:31 AM

JW said, "I need a commitment. I have to know (if I am going to be hired). I can't go on any longer," Ain't that a crock of baloney? All the guy has to do is refuse the assignment and he can go back to being just a regular ole hero.

"Educate the public"? How will this happen when they don't even understand their own CAFRs and don't realize they exist? More crappola.

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