Tavares, FL (Lake County) | Sept. 5, 2014 | by Vance Jochim
Be sure to read our recommendation at the bottom to attend the Sept. 9 County Budget 5pm hearing.
The Lake County Board (Welton, Jimmie, Sean & Tim, but not Leslie) wants to raise your property millage tax rates up to 18%. Once again, the Daily Commercial posted another front page article citing spending WANTS from local County fire officials while not talking to anyone with an alternative, or talking to taxpayers about the merits of adding more spending or people to the staff.
That technique is called "spot" reporting, aka LAZY reporting where only one side of an issue is presented. The focus was on an emotional issue and no actual comparative statistics were demanded by the reporter. Is there peer reviewed documentation to support 2 or 3 fire fighters at a fire station? What about an analysis of idle time between fire calls, or that many fire and accident incidents have multiple vehicles show up to maybe hype the incident response numbers? How do we compare to other peer counties and not ones selectively chosen to make us look worse?
This is another in a Daily Commercial continous series supporting government tax SPENDERS with hardly any comments about reasons NOT to hike taxes or that the cites spending wants are not needed.
Clearly, the Daily Commercial wants taxes to be increased without publishing any dissent in the articles.
In this case, the Lake County fire department and union want to add a supervising position to every firehouse because over a FIVE year period, there were THREE close calls. Read the article, then our comments below:
And here is the expanded comment I posted "for approval" so it may or may not appear on the Daily Commercial website - sometimes they take days to approve a comment, which is why there are very few comments: