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Holding the line on taxes to be commended

April 19, 2013

To the editor: The City’s property tax revenue is the product of two factors, the taxable property valuation and the millage rate. The City’s valuation went up last year from $8,566....

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1sandy

Apr-19-13 4:38 PM

Kempe, if you were only a credible source.

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bobbie

Apr-19-13 11:58 PM

I might commend Sullivan and Leetz if they had a rationale behind their refusal to institute any new tax, but they don't. With them, it is simply a matter of read my lips, "I promised no new taxes". I don't care if the buildings fall down, the streets disintegrate, etc., etc., I said " no new taxes". DUH!

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CapeCoralCuestions

Apr-20-13 12:16 AM

Kempe you are lying! FACT: The most recent study several years ago (not decades ago) proved that more money was saved by using take-home vehicles than vehicle sharing shift to shift. Take-home resulted in longer vehicle life, greater safety in neighborhoods, and less time spent checking in and out of the station pre and post shift. It also saved the City the cost of a huge parking lot where the exchange of patrol to private vehicles would occur. Police are on active duty the minute they back out of their driveways and receive ‘shift reports’ in their vehicles while driving. It is not a “perk” -- it is a proven cost saving. FACT: CCFD had first-response vehicles for accidents, but King and the Road Ahead Gang cut them out of the budget as a cost saving measure. FACT: neither police or fire personnel receive overtime pay without the express permission of their chiefs. FACT: You are a RAG member/cheerleader and thus your data are suspect and opinions of little value.

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SLovejoy

Apr-20-13 8:38 AM

CapeCralCuestions: I have the complete study and the take home cars are not justified, and the last study done by FGCU was based on a take home car and a two man car, not a pool car. The biggest expense they used to justify take home cars was the parking garage they would have to build to park all the police vehicles they have! When reviewing the study I found that we can eliminate the take home cars and reduce the police fleet to less than 50 vehicles, from the over 200 we have. Therefore we don’t need a parking garage. We could with some small changes in the way the department runs and schedule its staff, improve coverage and officer safety and citizen safety. I have gone before council and asked them to justify it, and I am willing to meet with them and the news media to allow them to justify this added expense they are charging to the taxpayers of this city.

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KirstenThompson

Apr-20-13 8:43 AM

Having been Mayor of the City, I'm surprised Mr. Kempe didn't take the time to be more knowledgeable about first responder operations. It isn't too late to visit one of the stations for an education.

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Haninginthere

Apr-20-13 8:47 AM

I would like to have a mayor next term that is willing to put forth the work and effort to operate with the tax levels we have. However this guy has a lot to learn about public safety and how it most efficiently and effectively operates. Mostly for that reason I hope a better informed candidate is on the ballot.

This guy called me a few days ago and after that conversation I was considering voting for him. Based on the information in this letter it is unlikely I will be choosing him.

Also, Slovejoy is an idiot!

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1sandy

Apr-20-13 9:29 AM

@SLovejoy: You say, "I have the complete study and the take home cars are not justified and the last study done by FGCU was based on a take home car and a two man car, not a pool car." The last study is the one refered to that does justify "take home vehicles." You then go on to say that if your ideas are implemented take home cars will not be justified. Let's see, do we listen to an independent study by a University or a LOSER by a landslide Mayoral candidate with a RAG agenda?

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franktruth

Apr-20-13 9:39 AM

Steve Lovejoy...it is so cute that after losing your election you continue to ramble on these forums your ideas that don't work. "I am willing to meet with them or the media to discuss my ideas"...Take home car programs are the standard in the United States because they are the most cost efficient it has been proven. Meet with the media, I can just see the USA Today headline "Election losing printer revolutionizes police forces worldwide" BHAHAHAHA. You don't even realize how foolish you look at the podium week after week, please run for Mayor again lol.

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SLovejoy

Apr-20-13 12:16 PM

Haninginthere: Is that the only answer you have when someone tells you the facts they are an idiot. Well I know that you know your name now, and that you have no rebuttal to the facts so call me whatever you want, the facts are the facts and you can’t proof me wrong!

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SLovejoy

Apr-20-13 12:26 PM

franktruth: If the facts I have are not correct why is the city council not willing to show what they are using to justify this dinosaur of a program. Maybe because they know that the information I have will prove that take home cars are an added cost. I have all their studies also and none justify take home cars.

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SLovejoy

Apr-20-13 12:28 PM

1sandy: I see that you have nothing good to say, it is a sign of people who can’t proof someone wrong so they call them a name!

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NanaII

Apr-20-13 2:39 PM

It's quite obvious that Kempe does NOT understand the millage system in current times. This looks like something he dug up from a decade ago. We need no further destruction of our city by RAG's

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Haninginthere

Apr-20-13 6:20 PM

Lovejoy is one of those guys that is a bumbling idiot and does not realize it. That is true comedy. Part of the reason I visit this site is to read and get a good laugh from morons like him. Thank you Steve and keep up the good work I am looking forward to many humorous moments in the future.

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linda53

Apr-20-13 8:04 PM

Steve....go check your henhouse, I think the fox is out there sucking eggs. If you are all the last contingent has, well it seems they are in "good hands". We all know where you come from, and what you stand for. Bring forth your program to move Cape Coral forward. OH, I forgot who I was speaking about....you have no platform, just past bad ideas and a keyboard. Run for Mayor, and then we would have at least two ijetz in the race. Get educated.

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SLovejoy

Apr-21-13 8:48 AM

Again all of you respond with nothing, but name calling and no facts, who are the idiots! netransplant 1sandy Haninginthere linda53

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onlythetruth

Apr-22-13 6:34 AM

I suppose the reason you keep getting "derogatory" comments, (which I do not agree with), is due to the fact you constantly claim to possess the "facts", but never produce them, or sight their source. Perhaps if you took the time to lay out your facts it would serve to illustrate/illuminate your argument/position for others to see. Until you do, you will be just one of the many who claimed to have all the solutions and never produced them. Publish your facts, show us your "cuts", your "programs", and your "savings" Mr Lovejoy, then we can all judge for ourselves. Perhaps you should publish a "budget" for us to view allowing us to form an opinions of your "ideas".

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lightswitch

Apr-22-13 11:30 PM

I think the majority of the residents are about fed up with all the savings that are always never enough.

The $20 million deficit says it all. Chief Murphy quoted the $34 million police budget which (his words) is $38 million. County has already cut the 5% bonus the Sheriff tried to give away. When does the City Manager wise up and figure the supposedly $73 million savings he claims is over 25 year period. Which is under 3 million a year. Oh and to cover for that he states it is less in the currents years! This guy has been around for just about a year and this will be his 2nd budget. But he can do whatever the council wants. So starting with McGrail he goes first! By the way the 1st quarter of this year shows housing foreclosures in Florida are up over 2012. Someone ask Connie Barron what it is Cape Coral. Who ya gonna call Ghost Busters?

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lightswitch

Apr-24-13 9:51 AM

The ideas have been put forth in this newspaper articles , in letters to the editor. in tv and radio but to no avail. Here is a news flash for you. When the economic down turn began being experienced Cape Coral said it had 1,200 employees, all during the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now the city claims it has 1,200 employees. It never really cut, it never really tightened its belt when and where it needed to. It carried its staff even when attempt were made and desired by most of the residents. The city was down over 20,000 residents and it still is down from the mid 2006 peak. It showed in the 2010 census that was published in 2011 it was up from the 2000 census which was published in 2001 as most cities were. Timelines and totals tell a true story of what went on here and is still going on. How many repurchased foreclosed homes have been bought and are still empty. Watch for more for rent signs in June, July, August & September!

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lightswitch

Apr-24-13 10:01 AM

News-Press carried a Cape Coral budget which the reader could manipulate the figures for FREE. The percentage cuts in 2011 should have been a minimum of 15%. They were not. We are living with the budget city manager John Szerlag submitted when he came which was the prior city managers budget. But what was taken out was $6.5 million Gary King used the year before for District 6 (McGrail's) roads. It shows the city and the slick 6 council over spent, or their managers over spent. Cut CRA, still $20 million short. Maybe the acting city manager/parks & rec director should tells the residents what info he gave to put this budget we are living under now together?

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JJSully

Apr-24-13 6:42 PM

It would be much better and easier for all of us who actually work for a living if the CM would just give each of us a name of a deserving city worker that we can contribute to. You know a hand out, reduce their poverty. Since any increase in revenue will wind up in their pockets anyway, let us just dispense with the bull. I was glad to see there will be alot of new trucks for them to sleep in.

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lightswitch

Apr-25-13 12:24 AM

The mayor is only 1 single vote in voting to spend or stay within a set budget. The current mayor did what he said he would do to remain within a budget.

So many of you do not recall the years of surpluses in the late 1990's. Then the likes of those councils were tacking on 10% increases even when they did not spend the money. It was not until Stewart came the 50% plus wage increases began with the expansion of staff to build to a huge surplus of staff. Stewart left in 2009 after a 7 year run. I would still like to know how the developer caused him to lose his job. Dan Creighton. Same guy to build a parking garage in the CRA district. There was heated argument over the job loss inside Home Depot over heard by employees and then words in the parking lot. Google it.

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