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New Year’s resolution: Fiscal responsibility

January 2, 2015

2014 was a good year for Cape Coral residents hoping for economic stability. Property values continued to climb; they were up 8.63 percent overall in the Cape....

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Jan-04-15 2:52 PM

Barry 33990 I agree with you totally. Proof are the private sector figures showing no increases and even decreases in wages, benefits and added responsibilities to job classifications. Cape Coral has followed the reclassification and squandered dollars for the second time in 10 years. The last time was under a moronic city council and a city manager named Terrence Terry Stewart. 50% increases in wages and assistants galore. Pumped up numbers of employees and contractors pushing 1600 to 2100. Look where that got the city with an "unending" revenue stream of home construction. Get it yet?

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Jan-04-15 11:01 AM

Whatever the raise is I object to the idea that we have to make city workers whole, that is only done in the public sector. No other company does that. If the company is doing well they give raises or bonuses that year. If they are not doing well then all employees suffer. No one says when things get a little better we will go back and replace the money you might have gotten. Bull, So u had to contribute to your pensions, yes your pensions, some companies don't even have one. Also the argument that you lost money since 2007 is untrue, can't lose what was not given to you. After the next election we will return to financial stability once we vote many out, let them go and waste their own money for awhile.

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Jan-03-15 8:46 AM

This view was shared with me: Taken in the context of no raises since 2007, the 10 percent "catchup" increase works out to 2 percent per year. Please feel free to share your opinion.

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Jan-03-15 5:04 AM

As long as we have the two shop stewards at the end of the council Dias we will continue to see our tax dollars wasted. But that is what they were elected by the unions for because the people paying the bills could not be bothered to vote. Hopefully that will change this year and we can send them and Erbrick packing. We have a chance to replace 4 positions with people who are not in the city employees "family" or pockets. People who will do what is best for all citizens. Also it is time to replace our city manager who can only manage with a blank check and unlimited funds.

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