With each election, hope springs eternal.
Monday, November 21st, 2016 is the day the new Port St Lucie City Council members get sworn in. Congratulations to the three that won their elections.
Rule of three
The rule of three tells us that things that come in threes are more effective and satisfying.
Jolien Caraballo briefly served as a councilwoman during Ron Bowen’s suspension. She is the business manager for a local, high-end spa. Caraballo first ran for this position four years ago. Eventually, Ron Bowen won the seat. This time around, Caraballo handily beat Bowen in the August primary. As there were only two candidates, there was no need for a November election. I had the pleasure to meet her on the campaign trail four years ago. She is smart, not afraid to dig into the details and ask questions and thinks outside the box. (more…)
Tax Collector can Affect County Budget
Come the November 8th election who will become the 46th President of the United States is not the only thing that will be decided. Closer to home, other taxing issues are on the ballot. One of them is the office of the Tax Collector.
[Today’s post will be a little long, but it requires some upfront education on how the Tax Collector operates. – apologies from the mgmt.]
The Tax Collector is not a sexy position. Throughout history and fiction,
Is a $7 million Tax Collectors office necessary when nearly all the transactions are done online?
the Tax Collector was a hated man. This might have started with the Roman Empire where the Tax Collector collected the taxes that the huge empire needed to function. There were income taxes, sales taxes, taxes on crops, wine, and the production of olive oil. The Tax Collector would send Rome their due and keep whatever extra he could collect for himself. Backed by government force of Roman soldiers, the position of Tax Collector was a lucrative gig. (more…)
Universal Primaries are open to all Parties.
A view from the cheap seats.
Important St Lucie County races.
This month is Primary month in Florida. With the Primary on August 30th and absentee ballots already out and being returned and early voting starting on the 20th we feel the need to make you aware of certain races that some might not know they have a voice in.
Republicans and NPAs will play a vital role in Democratic Primary races that could shape St Luce County
Past elections have shown the primaries to be lightly attended, only about 25-30% of registered voters come out to vote a ballot. This year I urge you to reconsider. Plenty is going on this primary, and plenty will be decided in August instead of November.
There are a few open or universal primaries in St Lucie County. Primary elections are usually closed to all but party members. This year, we have primaries that are open to all because there are no contenders from outside the party. The winner of the primary could win the seat if they win with over 50% of the vote. (more…)
PSL Councilman caught with his lips moving.
prior to his August 30th primary election Ron Bowen talks about paying down Port St Lucie’s debt
Everyone knows the old joke, “How can you tell when a politician is lying to you?” Answer: “His lips are moving.” Well, the WPSL/League of Woman Voters candidate forum always seems to have a never-ending supply of moving lips. You just need to listen and know where to look, or you have to sign up for Because This Matters and wait for another impactful installment. (more…)
Two School Board seats up for grabs on August 30th.
The time for action has come.
The opportunity to do something great for our schools and our children’s education is right in front of us. Let us not allow this one to slip through our fingers.
I drive through the traffic circle at California and Peacock about 6 or 8 times a week. I have been watching the new Somerset Prep school that is under construction, and I smile, knowing that the readers of this blog played a part in making that happen. (more…)
Ballot Initiative Approved – Voluntarily hand over more of your hard-earned.
Once again the subject of taxes is upon us. If the 10% increase from the county and 18% increase for Port St Lucie was not enough, we are now being asked to approve a ½ cent increase in our sales tax rate.
Seal of fictional Unicorn Park funded with real tax dollars. Is government spending your tax dollars wisely? Do they deserve more of them?
It will be on the ballot this November. Not sure of the title of the ballot initiative but it might have titles such as:
THANK YOU, SIR. MAY I HAVE ANOTHER.
IT’S ONLY THE COST OF A PIZZA.
IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN.
Or, my favorite,
IF YOU VOTE NO, BABY SEALS WILL DIE. (more…)