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Candidate withdraws from mayor’s race

July 26, 2013

To the editor: I have decided to withdraw from the mayor’s race in Cape Cora....

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Jul-28-13 1:19 AM

Same as the 2 point millage rate reduction.

First it is published and broadcast 2 mils.

In one week it went to 1 mil. POOF.

Two weeks latter is is NO MILLAGE RATE reduction, no wash against Utility Tax, no wash against Fire Assessment.

Again POOF, POOF, Like magic GONE!

And the shell game goes on. But only for now.

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Jul-28-13 1:10 AM

All it is is smoke and mirrors deflecting the true poor quality financial workings of this city. End run the existing tax structure and stopgaps like Homestead Exemption. That was put in place to STOP overheated under controlled government agencies from the undisciplined actions we have been exposed to in Cape Coral, Fl. They do not have to worry about staying under the 10 point mil rate any longer. Because more than the State is going to jump into the mix.

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Jul-26-13 3:30 PM

73 million Police, 50+ million with 3 General Unions...already ratified by members of all Unions with the General Union contracts on the City Agenda for Council ratification forMonday's Council meeting... 125 million. Read it and weep "lightswitch."

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Jul-26-13 1:52 PM

Its called DIVERSIFICATION and our city will grow as a result of it. As for G. Ultsch, he sounds like sour grapes,since he withdrew from the mayor race. Oh Lightswitch, why do you continue to bash our great city,no one is stopping you from packing your knapsack and moving on

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Jul-26-13 12:52 PM

I am sorry to see you drop out. You clearly have a clear grasp on the issues.

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Jul-26-13 11:42 AM

Funny when the News-Press first broke the story of the pension reduction they had printed $95 million. I guess that was a misprint? I sure hope it is not a repeat of a reduction of 2mil, to 1mil, to NO millage reduction!

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Jul-26-13 11:39 AM

Sandy $125 million? Or $73 million? Last council meeting Szerlag stated $73 million over 25 years. That Which equals $2.92 million a year and which the benefit increases in the latter part of the 25 years. So he says! But clarify this huge savings for those of us who evidently do not have your inside information.

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Jul-26-13 11:05 AM

The point of the PST, as I understand it, is that it will get the City tax revenue away from the roller coaster effects of a up and then down economy resulting in an up and down real estate tax base.

I read recently that the City Manager, who replaced Gary King and did nothing about the pensions, has already negotiated close to 125 million tax dollars in pension reductions, with the Firefighters on deck. Do we really want firefighters in their 50's fighting fires? I don't think so.

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Jul-26-13 11:02 AM

Well stated, Gordon. I have been asked to run for council before, but, like you, do not have the personality or stomach to campaign.

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Jul-26-13 6:10 AM

Gordon, thank you for the time you have given to city issues. While I doubted your chances of being elected I know you have the brains to do a commendable job if you were given the chance. I disagree with you on your first two points. First, you take the same uninformed stance on the PST by forgetting the main reason for the 3 leg stool. It is not about the money so much as it is about sustainable revenue streams. Unless you are Rip Van Winkle then you saw the problems the city had with relying on only ad valorum taxes. With a diversified revenue stream such as the 3 leg stool plan we would have had a far lesser problem with the recent bust. Overall diversification will cost residents the same while providing less volatility in the city's revenue source. Second the unions have just agreed to pension reforms that will save the city 10's of millions of dollars. I am surprised you didn't know that.

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