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Re-elect Sullivan, Chulakes-Leetz

September 20, 2013

To the editor: The citizens of Cape Coral have a most important decision this November in our City election....

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Sep-20-13 2:46 AM

I believe your endorsement of the two "road blocks" on council shows your lack of knowledge and the history of funding the operation of the city. Mr. Kempe the days of "more with less" have come and gone. The LESS has been in effect for five years now. Services are at a point now where the little things people want & expect are no longer in the budget. Common knowledge realizes that commercial taxes are not going to alleviate the funding shortages that now exist anytime soon. The Mayor has come up with some beneficial ideas, but on a small scale. Councilman Leetz has not come up with ANY new suggestions or alternate forms of revenue.

The Mayor & Dist.4 Councilman deserve another term because, other than voting against everything, they have accomplished ~~~ < nothing?

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Sep-20-13 7:16 AM

I like the words "Former" and "Arnold Kempe" in the same sentence.

I think this endorsement is the kiss of death.

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Sep-20-13 10:05 AM

The $154 million dollars for wages alone in last years budget showed the 5% bonus was more than the entire reserve fund of the city. The city needs road blocks because the unions are going to keep the financial mismanagement going as long as they can. Sullivan woing the primary and will WIN in the general election the non government home owners are onto you big time! Wait until once cycle of the utility tax on electric use and the fire Assessment in January. Add up all these non taxes then ask your self if the bargain is to live in the unicorporated part of the county, 4.5 mils per $1,000 of taxable value.

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Sep-20-13 10:44 AM

Lightswitch- Last year, the budget for payroll and benefits was $136M for all funds. It was $83M for the General Fund. There is no one reserve fund for the City, as each fund has its own cash balance to use or carry forward (reserves). The General Fund's reserve was $24M, or 2.5 months of operating costs. This exceeded the target of 2 months, and those excess reserves are going to be utilized for this coming year's operations.

Btw, with regards to the County mil or the Cape, keep in mind that it includes very little for the County Sheriff's budget (we have our own force, you know..) and nothing for a fire district (we have our own, you know). So your comment in this area is as devoid of thought as your first.

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Sep-20-13 11:08 AM

ccrider you mention we have NO Fire District?

Here is something to for you to ponder.

The city of Cape Coral, Fl is attempting to put through an endless bond to cover most of its fire dept. Further increasing taxes and skirting the millage rate fallacy of approaching 10 point Florida Cap.

News Flash: The city of Cape Coral, Fl. in its effort to put through the Fire Assessment bond validation (ON GOING BOND ISSUANCE), IS SUEING ALL ITS RESIDENTS.


Where: The hearing is in Lee County District Court. Room J-4.

Judge Kyles is presiding.

When: October 7, 2013 at 3:30pm

All Cape Coral citizens are named as defendants.

They can give testimony at this hearing. The judge will be very interested in the residents remarks.

I encourage residents to attend and let the judge know what the administration of the city is doing.

Railroading Tax on tax, on tax at the detriment of the adult taxpayers and their children!

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Sep-20-13 11:38 AM

If only we could make money for all those U Tube videos from Leechs abominable behavior on the dais he might be worth keeping around! I can't tell you how many people from all over this planet have asked me what the heck is going on here. We need someone to restore pride in our city NOT humiliate us all!

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Sep-20-13 1:46 PM

Yu gotta love it! One ignorant, pompous ASshk campaigning for two nasty, ignorant, ill-mannered ASshks!

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Sep-20-13 3:30 PM

CapeCoralCuestions will not be attending the hearing Oct 7th at 3:30pm to speak or listen to the hearing on the city sueing its residents.

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Sep-20-13 4:16 PM

Lightswitch- Do you ever think before 'talking'? My comment was specific to your question about the County's mil rate and my reminder to you that it the County's tax does not include monies for a fire district. I tried to help you with this difficult discussion by reminding you that the Cape does have a fire department). I apologize for not helping you through the discussion enough. Truthfully, you continue to amaze me with your confused illogic.

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Sep-20-13 4:16 PM

Oct. 7th. I believe that's the Bond Validation hearing. Guess you are going to let them know how bad we are. Make sure we see you on TV.

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Sep-21-13 1:06 PM

Btw, for those now concerned about the bond validation process and what is happening, the truth is that, while municipalities don't need to go through this extra step to issue bonds, it creates the most certainty possible about its validity, and helps to lower the interest rate of the bond. Here is the Chapter 75 discussion of the Florida statutes about what is occurring and why... *******law.justia****/codes/florida/2005/TitleVI/ch0075.html

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Sep-21-13 1:12 PM

Sorry. Forgot that the Breeze doesn't allow links to web pages. The referenced information can be found in the 2012 Florida Statutes TITLE VI — CIVIL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE, Chapter 75.

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Sep-21-13 2:37 PM

What a stupid comment Lolita, Sullivan and Leetz have brought plenty of good actions forward and gee almost all passed. Your one sided view is simply wrong info and no one should count on your info. Try making honest statements about who you support and do not play the attack game, very unbecoming.

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Sep-21-13 4:40 PM

No thank you!

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Sep-21-13 4:40 PM

No thank you!

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Sep-21-13 7:24 PM


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Sep-22-13 1:41 PM

OK, Lynn, the campaign period is back in session. Since I didn't vote for either in the primary, nor Sullivan's opponent, please advise how you believe that electing your candidates promote better government. Specific facts, not gross generalities, would be appreciated. Please convince me through a serious discussion.

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Sep-22-13 3:39 PM

Now, ccrider, watch out...Lynn is going to call you a name...that is her version of facts!

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Sep-23-13 4:42 PM

Steve aka ccrider please enlighten us and tell us who you did vote for in the Primary.

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Sep-23-13 5:12 PM

Lynn- I provide you with a wonderful opportunity for you to promote your claims about the two candidates, and you ask me for whom I voted. I believe the readers are waiting for your commentaries so they can better understand your rationale for your comments. If you do a good job, it might gain some votes for these two individuals. My votes weren't the object of your claims. So, again, please advise how you believe that electing your candidates promote better government, as you stated.

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Sep-23-13 6:12 PM

Steve I would never get in a discussion with you in ANY venue. You are the original obnoxious Mr. Know-it-all!

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Sep-23-13 8:16 PM

Lynn, I am sorry you feel this way. I acknowledged that the person for whom I voted in the mayoral primary did not prevail. You urged those on this site to vote for your candidates. As I have not supported any of the candidates in the races you referenced, I asked for your considered opinion about why my support should be given to them. This is not personal, although you, for whatever reason, have tried to make it so, unfortunately. For the rest of the readers on this site, at least share your thoughts with them. I am still working on my support for the races, as well.

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Sep-23-13 11:25 PM

ccrider there is in fact a reserve for the city which is about $6 million to run the city operations for 2 months.

It is needed to prop up worthiness of the many bonds the city has issued. That figure being a billion dollars and rising.

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Sep-24-13 11:03 AM

Lightswitch- The General Fund Reserve is around $24M right now, which is to be reduced to around $21M per the just passed budget for 2014. This is a bit over the two months of operation expense established in 2008 for the City's Financial Policy & Procedure. GO bonds are backed by ad valorem taxes in the General Fund and require approval of the voters. Revenue bonds are backed by the revenue streams associated with the particular fund requiring these monies ahead of collections of the targeted revenues and require council approval. Each bond stands on its own merits and has its own ratings through the rating firms.

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Sep-28-13 2:36 PM

The city's showing $148 million and climbing in 2015 and 2016 to $175 million.

Coutesy of the city of Cape Coral. Look it up on the internet under city of cape coral general fund.

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