Sept. 23, 2014 Tavares, FL
Tomorrow, at 5pm in the Lake County, FL County Administration building, four of the five ELECTED board members will decide the final vote to RAISE your property taxes, and those of property investors, businesses and vacation home owners by up to 13%.
Tomorrow is the second of two required hearings to decide the county budget and the new millage rate on your property. Once they vote, the decision is made and the Tax Collector will soon send you bills.
I have written earlier articles on this which can be found in earlier posts on this blog.
My main issue with this tax hike is the Board is voting to give a $3.2-million budget increase to the Sheriff without
- holding a workshop to examine the DETAILS of the Sheriff's budget which has never been done in public.
- requesting ANY public hearings on his total $57-million budget, or
- requesting that he publish detailed budgets like other agencies to, or
- requesting he undergo a series of performance audits (not financial audits) to determine if his operations are efficient, effective and economical like the County and the School District do.
By not doing the above, the Board is just handing him the funds without any public scrutiny.
And, today, the one Board member who won't approve the tax hike, and has a plan to avoid a tax hike, Leslie Campione, sent out a final newsletter on the issue to support her recommendation that taxes should not be increased. You can read it below.
So, if you don't agree that a Lake County property tax hike of 13+% is warranted, then here is what you can do:
1. Visit this Lake County Board webpage and click the board member names in left column and send them an email and CALL them.
2. ATTEND the 5pm meeting in the round County Administration building on Main St. (315 West Main) in Tavares and turn in a public input card and give your opinion. More people who want higher spending show up than those who speak out against the tax increase.
3. Read the news and see what the final vote it. Remember the names of those who will probably vote for the tax hike and decide whether they should get your vote in the next election. They are Jimmie Conner, Welton Cadwell, Sean Parks and Tim Sullivan (Sullivan didn't want the entire tax hike, so he didn't support the entire tax hike).
4. Be sure to vote for Leslie Campione on the Nov. 4th ballot if you think the County Board should NOT raise the taxes.
5. Read Leslie's plan below, and read my prior articles on this blog.
Here is Leslie Campione's newsletter, received today by email: