In its meeting of December 5, 2018, the Commission voted to go forward with three (3) separate bond questions in a special election scheduled for March 12, 2019.
Resolution 21R is $22.7 million for infrastructure improvements that look a lot like regular operations & maintenance expenditures. The vote was 5-2, approved.
Resolution 22R is for the new police headquarters and other vaguely specified police and fire equipment. The building price has gone up to $72.5 million, and the total for this question of the bond is $77.6 million. The vote was 7-0, approved.
Resolution 23R will be a combined single question for park upgrades and new golf course club houses, both at Orangebrook and Hollywood Beach courses. Not to mention pay another $12 million to buy the former Sunset golf course property. The total of all the golf stuff is, let's round off to $50 million. Then comes the park upgrades, etc., which will cost another $14 million.
Thus, just in time for Christmas, the City Staff has come up with a wish list of $164 million worth of goodies to keep them all busy and employed for years to come. With only Mr. Biederman voting 'no' on 2 of the resolutions [kudos to him for his independent thinking], as predicted, the Commission rubber-stamped the Staff's requests without attempting to shave off any of the fat. The "big savings" that was supposed to be achieved by the voters approving a full penny County sales tax did not really materialize.
I will be reviewing the individual City slides on all the projects over the next couple weeks and will let you know what I think. Thanks for staying in the loop. We may have lost the election battle, but the war isn't over yet!
The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Hollywood City Staff is now looking at $190 million in projects that would be included in the proposed bond. By the time it gets to voters in March 2019, it may be much higher still. Voters have a clear choice - Traci Callari is for the bond, but Tom Ungleich is against the bond. Please vote on November 6th or before.
On September 27th the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Newspaper endorsed Tom Ungleich over incumbent Traci Callari for the District 3 Commissioner seat. The editorial stated that, "The city's need is for the skills he offers." The newspaper held a 1-hour interview during which tough questions were asked of both candidates. We are extremely honored that they chose to endorse Tom over a candidate who has been in office 6 years already.
One of the things I noticed at the Council of Civic Associations' Candidate Forum on September 24th was the lack of any question regarding the Margaritaville issue. Doesn't anyone care about the squandering of $23 million? Or are City Hall and the current Commissioners just trying to sweep this embarrassment under the rug? We all know that governments occasionally waste money, and a couple thousand dollars here and there should not cause a big stir. But $23 million represents a good percentage of our City's annual budget. Let's not allow the current Commissioners to change the subject.
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