Has local realty companies bought the County Commission?
Commissioner Cornell represents the poorest county district
Buying more land to build a $23M animal shelter
$23M animal shelter to lock up dogs
Let the dogs roam on wild spaces the county owns
Anthony Johnson is not interested in throwing money at problem symptoms, he believes in addressing the root cause
Citizens in the east and west tell me we are heading in the wrong direction
The Board of County Commissioners has clearly moved away from any type of pragmatic governance and adopted a wild reckless ideologue driven style of governing that has all the sensible people on edge. Every experimental idea out of Palm Beach seems to land on fertile ground with the current crop of commissioners. They have yet to present any new meaningful ideas that doesn't call for higher taxes
I'm running to replace Ken Cornell because he is a large part of the problem. His close association with realtors and developers while serving on a County Commission that has the responsibility of approving or denying developer permits is a conflict of interest.
County government thinks it can regressively tax its way to prosperity. With each iteration of tax hikes, the county loses more of its citizens to surrounding low tax counties. Even county employees see the advantage of living outside the county. I don't see how continuing to over tax a shrinking tax base will be successful.
Multi-Modal Transportation Mitigation (MMTM) is a blue light special for developers.
The current members of the BoCC inherited a situation where developers are given 39 percent discounts on impact fees, if they develop within the urban cluster. The logic behind giving such huge discounts was it would spur growth. The theory at the time was if developers built a certain way (mixed-use high density) there would be no reason to charge develops for traffic concurrency or road impact fees because their development would not result in more cars. With mixed-use development everybody would live, work, shop, and play in their neighborhood, so they would have no need for a car. Impact fees that cover Multi-Modal transportation (bikes and roller blades) are all the developer pays for a large 1500 unit apartment complex. Fee to cover automobile impacts are excluded from MMTM fees. The MMTM theory is still being pushed by the County Commission as our roads suffer from gridlock.
Sales tax revenue is not something you don't want to get hooked on when you are responsible for managing a county. Sales tax revenue is not stable enough to make long term plans around. The County Commissioners do not want to face the fact that a day of reckoning is coming and sales tax revenue will drop below the projected amounts they have become dependent upon. Not only has the county shifted the majority of the discretionary budget to the sales tax bucket, they have plans to shift capital infrastructure spending to the sales tax revenue bucket as well.