Tax Collector Race Matters

Tax Collector Race Matters

Tax Collector can Affect County Budget

Taxing Situation

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?

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…)

Tax, Lies, and Videotape

Tax, Lies, and Videotape

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…)

The Kumbaya Ph.D

The Kumbaya Ph.D

 

Demand the end of government-backed student loans.

 

Wayne State Univ in Detroit, MI has elected to drop its requirement in mathematics and is considering a requirement in “diversity” to graduate.

This is more than just the most recent chapter in the liberal indoctrination of the nation and another notch in the belt of those looking to dumb down America.

This is just plain insanity and a clear and concise reason to call for the end of government-backed student loans.  (more…)

My Half-Cent’s Worth

My Half-Cent’s Worth

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?

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…)

Education’s Techology Black Hole

Education’s Techology Black Hole

Is money spent on school technology money well spent?

Public education has advanced at a rapid pace with the focus on the paperless classroom.  Education leaders are advancing the theory that technology can place everything on computers for learning, review and testing.  This is the mantra school districts throughout the country have been marching to since the early 2000’s.  This focus on creating everything electronically has been advertised as the delivery system to assist our students in becoming better learners.

We are being sucked into the educational technology black hole by focusing more and more of our educational budget on technology infrastructure, software, and hardware.

With the creation of Common Core (the federal government’s attempt at taking over our local school systems) the requirement that all state testing is done on computers to allow quick analysis and feedback to our educators has been established.  Unfortunately, so far, we have not seen (more…)

Charter a Course in School Finance

Redux plus dux equals $878,000,000

-No, this is not a replay of a post from a few weeks ago.
Charter School Math Benefits Public Schools

Public schools make money from Charter Schools

A few weeks ago we attempted to clear up some misunderstanding that exists around charter schools. As we are often ahead of the curve, last week many  newspapers in the state of Florida ran a piece about charter schools. Cherry picking two schools that have closed the writer was aghast at wasted taxpayer money, $150,000, that went into these schools.

While we don’t like seeing wasted tax dollars when the 800 pound kettle is calling the Suzie Homemaker pot black it is necessary to bring notice to it.

As soon as last Sunday’s paper hit the door step the following letter was fired off to the local paper. We wanted to give the paper first crack at publishing a response to their article. Unless we missed it, it wasn’t or has yet to be published. So we felt that it was our duty to bring it to you here.

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