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Last chance

September 12, 2014

Cape Coral taxpayers will have a final chance to express their opinions on the City of Cape Coral and Lee County budget proposals next week....

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Sep-23-14 6:06 PM

The articles I now have read state the drastic measures to stem the Florida cities collapse it pension benefit reductions and not over 25 years and not with CUTS in the latter part of the reduction.

Who stands to lose that has been pushing for Sustainability? Donnell school administrator, Cariocia police, Nestor firefighter,

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Sep-23-14 6:00 PM

Top 100 cities in Florida are in dire straits search GASB.

Lose staff? Where are they going? There is nowhere the other states and even the territories have the same situation.

The pension benefits are going to be reduced anyway and everywhere. It is just Cape Coral (Union City) just built in a cushion for themselves.

For the stupid it means we gave them what was already LOST>


Wait till they try to borrow more money via BONDS. You know the Fire Assessment bonds that can be used for paving, or what ever else they want!! You are going to see a reevaluation of Fl. city bond rating too. Nice high interest levels!

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Sep-23-14 5:52 PM

Remember these letters GASB!

You heard the unions stand up at various city council meetings telling us the pension funds are in good shape and "SUSTAINABLE"...NOT!

The give backs our city manager gave up to the unions with them receiving the benefits in the forefront of the 25 years put the city residents in a Worse hole than if he let the crap hit the fan.

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Sep-22-14 8:51 PM


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Sep-14-14 1:33 PM

I remind this council when the meltdown took place it took the police depth. No less than 36 months to reduce its overtime spending to a level of 80% less. So there still was 20% of overtime dollars be handed out.

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Sep-13-14 6:52 AM

I say if you dont like your pay find a new job.

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Sep-12-14 10:37 PM

From the editorial: "Simply put, the city offers benefits well in excess of the private sector and they are pretty good compared to other communities as well." I'd say the 90% police pension and no-cost medical insurance til you die is "well in excess" and "pretty good compared . . ." Add to the 90% the overtime that's calculated into the 90% and you have the potential for retired police officers to make more after they retire than they did when they were working. It's unsustainable. Here's a suggestion: When some of these bloated retirement benefits are trimmed back (and that's coming, whether the employees like it or not), we can talk about raises.

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Sep-12-14 7:54 PM

If you think this council listens to anyone but unions and city workers you are out of your mind. They were bought and paid for a long time ago. Lies is all we get from this inept corrupt group. Lead by the worst CM we have ever had including King.

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