For some inexplicable reason – other than it’s a characteristically senseless far-left Democrat concept – the March American Rescue Plan funds being distributed to states forbids using the $200 billion in tax payer money to lower taxes.
In other words, the Democrats in DC want to make sure we don’t get any of our money back. However, it doesn’t put any restrictions on how the cities and counties use their share of our cash.
Nassau County Commissioners, after hearing from local watchdog group Common Sense and following the lead of Commissioner John Martin and Commission Chairman Tom Ford did the right thing by unanimously voting to lower the county tax rate and giving the local tax payer a break in property taxes with the $1.4 million it has received so far. There’s much more cash to come. Let’s hope they keep giving back.
Meanwhile the City of Fernandina’s battered tax payers are watching as City Manager Dale “The Big Spender” Martin, Chip “The Blowhard Bully” Ross, and Mayor “Marxist Mike” Lednovich are gleefully humming the Steve Miller Band tune “Take the Money and Run”.
The city will allegedly get $5.5 million of the feds rescue money…..money taken from the tax payer. Politicians, nationally, statewide, and locally prefer to have us think it’s “found money” and they can do with it as they please without any input from those of us whose pockets were picked.
Why is it that voters never seem to understand that the money these elected spendthrifts squander is their money and those spending it work for them? If the City of Fernandina Beach was your company would you let your employees mismanage and spend your firm’s money like drunken sailors the likes of “Marxist Mike” Lednovich, “The Blowhard Bully” Ross and “Big Spender” Martin?
We have to keep watching them to ensure they’re doing what we – their bosses – tell them to do. These folks are not the brightest bulbs in the lamp or the sharpest knives in the drawer. Since their mental elevators don’t go all the way to the top, they need direction and guidance. That’s our job. If they don’t like it, then we can fire them or have them investigated. Hey, Common Sense, what’s the status of the request for the state to take a look at the city’s books?
While the stimulus legislation forbade states from using our money to cut taxes, it said nothing about what local governments could do with it. However, it did specify that it should be used for the relief of households and for spurring local economies. What better way to do that than to cut property taxes? When “Big Spender”, “Marxist Mike” and “The Blowhard Bully”, decide to fund programs they want and we don’t, and the stimulus money eventually runs out, who do you think will be left holding the tab? You got it! It’ll be you and me, the local taxpayers.
Don’t let “Marxist Mike”, “Big Spender” and “The Blowhard Bully” look for ways to increase the city’s budget by flushing our money down a toilet with unnecessary boondoggles especially the $25 million bond idea this trio of losers have cooked up.
The Fernandina Beach bureaucrats don’t need a stimulus, the tax payers do. Tell them that. It’s our money and we want it back. Tell them to use the federal cash to cut our property taxes and to put the brakes on any further spending.
Even though the budget is a done deal keep the pressure on these guys or they’ll slip back into their old free spending habits. Let them know that you’re the boss!
Things I Wish I’d Said: “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is way far behind.” – Thomas Sowell.
Wait! What? Alert reader Steve Hall notified me that prisoners incarcerated in New Hampshire prisons stamp out license plates that read: “Live free or die”.
I Hear The Darndest Things: While enjoying a beer, watching a baseball game and the ocean at the Main Beach Sandbar & Restaurant recently I sat next to local wildlife columnist and zoologist Dr. Pat Foster-Turley and her husband Bucko, a nice guy who told me a fascinating story.
While living in south Florida Bucko had jobs working with oceanic institutions and remarkable sea creatures. He told me that he even dated the daughter of an infamous sea monster.
He related the story about the first time he went to pick up his date, who turned out to be the daughter of stunt actor Ricou Browning, the guy who played the Gill-Man creature in all of the underwater scenes in the 1954 movie “The Creature From The Black Lagoon.”
“When I walked into the house there in the entryway was the creature’s costume he wore while making the film”, recalls Bucko.
He didn’t say, but I’m sure Bucko was on his best behavior and got this date home in time to meet the creature’s curfew.
Today’s Puzzler: If a species is supposed to improve through evolution, then how does that explain all the liberals who live among us.
High Noon For David Yulee? The past couple of weeks I posted a poll here asking readers if they approved or disapproved of the federal government depositing illegal aliens in Nassau County. Some 112 folks responded with 95% (107 folks) saying they disapprove and 4% (5 folks) saying dropping them off hereabouts was okay with them. If any of those five would like to explain why they think it’s a good idea for those illegals to be plopped down hereabouts I’ll be more than willing to give them an opportunity to explain why.
This week there’s a new poll asking folks hereabouts if they agree or disagree with Fernandina Beach Mayor “Marxist Mike” Lednovich that the statue of former Florida senator, slaveowner, real estate magnate, and Confederate sympathizer, David Yulee, should be removed from its platform in front of the old train station downtown.
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Alert reader and former Pennsylvania resident Kathy Fisher alerted me to the billboard pictured below, which is getting former York County, PA state Senator Scott Wagner, national attention. This visual haymaker is just one of a dozen that Wagner, Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor in 2018, said he spent about $15,000 to lease for two months to call attention to what he sees as Biden’s failed ending to the Afghanistan mission.
Local Housing Boom! Good Or Bad? During the second quarter of this year, April through June, the Florida statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes continued to increase with the median sales price reaching $351,000, according to Florida Realtors reports.
It said the statewide median price for condo-townhouse properties was $256,945.
From what I’ve seen on Amelia Island prices are going up here even faster and I’ve seen no indication that these skyrocketing prices are anywhere near the top. Within days of a house going on the market in our neighborhood, a “Sold” or “Sale Pending” sign pops up.
Many houses are selling even before a sign appears. Folks looking for properties can’t find anything available and those that do are finding themselves priced out of the market. For renters it’s even worse.
Is this a good or bad situation for those of us that live here? What do you think?
Unhappy Places: If you’re unhappy where you’re currently living in Florida just be glad you don’t live in Florida City, which a recent report said is the most miserable place in the state to reside.
Using data from a variety of sources, including the FBI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. created a weighted index of 24 social, economic, and health measures to identify the worst places to live in every state. 24/7 Wall St., LLC is a New York City-based Internet financial news gathering organization.
Florida City, with a population of 11,928 and located just southwest of Miami, topped the state’s misery index, due in part it says to a 14.0% average five-year unemployment rate, more than double the 5.6% statewide rate. Serious financial hardship is widespread in the area.
An estimated 40% of the nearly 12,000 people living in Florida City earn a poverty level income, compared to 14% of all Floridians who do.
Florida City also has nearly the highest violent crime rate of any city tracked by the FBI. There were a total of 2,619 violent crimes reported in the area for every 100,000 people in 2019 compared to the national violent crime rate of 367 per 100,000.
If you want to be miserable in Georgia then head to Albany, a city of about 73,500 in southwestern Georgia, which ranks as the worst place to live in that state.
A city that surprised me as an awful place to be was one where I was a newspaper reporter in the late 1960s. If you’re not miserable enough by the mess disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo created and high state taxes, then move to Binghamton, it’ll get even worse the report promises. A city of about 45,000 in the Southern Tier of New York, Binghamton, ranks as the worst place to live in the Empire state. Compared to the typical New Yorker, Binghamton residents are more than twice as likely to live below the poverty line and are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed.
Public health issues like risky substance use are often more common in areas with limited economic opportunity, and in Broome County, where Binghamton is located, there are 32.9 accidental drug overdose deaths for every 100,000 people annually, nearly the most in the state and well above the 22.5 per 100,000 national drug fatality rates.
When I lived there industries such as IBM and Endicott-Johnson were thriving, and the population was close to 100,000. No major firms currently call Binghamton home, and the population has been halved. It wasn’t my favorite place, but it wasn’t as bad as it is today. To compound the residents’ misery, I’m sure the bitter winters are still brutal.
Things My Doctor Didn’t Tell Me: Beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent or so I read recently.
Overheard At A Local Drugstore: A man asked a female pharmacist: “Do you have Viagra for women?” She replied: “Try the jewelry store across the street.”
Flagging An Issue: Local American Legion Post 54 is replacing its old, weathered state flags that veterans there plant at the Shave Bridge to commemorate special occasions and needs some financial assistance. There is a flag for each state, and it costs $35 to replace each one.
If you would like to sponsor a state flag send a tax-deductible check for $35 to the American Legion Post 54 and mail it or take it to them at 626 South 3rd St., Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034. Write in the memo section that the check is for a state flag. Tax documentation will be sent to you.
Speaking Of Legion Post 54: Saturday evening, September 25 from 5-7 pm American Legion Post 54 will be open to the public for a $15 Italian dinner and entertainment featuring popular Tuxedo-clad piano man John Springer and his sidekick drummer, Rob Taylor. It starts at 5 pm so get there early as this will be a jampacked fun event and the meals sell out quickly.
Remember When? I recall when my school pals and I used to stand in line at the state fair to buy a ticket to see the fat tattooed lady. Now they are everywhere.
Movie Review: I don’t go to many movies, but wife, Linda, convinced me to join her earlier this week to see the new Clint Eastwood film “Cry Macho” at the B&B Theater on South 14th Street. I’m glad I did. The 91-year-old Mr. Eastwood did a remarkable job of directing and acting in the film featuring an odd cast of a 12-year-old kid, a rooster, and an actress who spoke no English. It all takes place in Mexico.
In addition to having polite, attentive, and efficient employees the tidy B&B’s concession stand also has a small bar. But don’t ask for a rum and Coke as whoever is in charge there had the good sense to not sell Woke-a-Cola, but proudly offers Pepsi. Good for them. I’ll be back.
Curious Minds Want To Know: If Bruce Jenner goes missing, will his picture be on a carton of half and half?
Overheard at PJD’s Beer & Wine Garden: “I think my dog follows me into the bathroom because I always follow him outside when he does his business, and he thinks that’s the way it works” and “You come from dust, and you will return to dust. That’s why I don’t dust. It could be someone I know.”
Spouting Off: Amicable Amelia Island resident Francis Lott managed to snap this photo of a water spout headed toward his Fletcher Avenue residence before successfully shooing it off in another direction. What happens to a water spout when it hits land? Does it become a tornado? Or does it sputter out when it runs out of water? Who can enlighten me?