City of Orlando can afford to spend millions in fluff while raising your property taxes

Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

Just 2 short months ago, the City of Orlando was crying the blues because they were so broke that they couldn't afford their 2008-09 budget without raising property taxes by another $30 million.  5-2 the city commission voted to raise the millage rate by 14%.


Then this weekend, I read the following Orlando Sentinel story .  The City of Orlando is building a new fire station headquarters to the tune of $17.6 million. You should see the photos in the newspaper - 60,000 square feet and looking like the Taj Mahal. The fire fighters will probably need to take the shoes off in order to not dirty up this little palace.  And I thought the city had no money. 

If the City of Orlando was really this short of funds, they could have put off building this new fire station for 2 or 3 years.  After all the station they are replacing was built 48 years ago.  So what does it matter if they wait another few years to build a new station?

The answer is: it doesn't matter.  The City of Orlando is flush with cash.  Politicians like Buddy Dyer, Daisy Lynum, and Patty Sheehan just love spending other people's money.  It is enough to make you sick.


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Thomas R. Martin Broker/Owner ICPM
Investors Choice Property Management - Sacramento, CA
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I'd feel sorry for you, but I live in CA, where we are already 11 Billion in the red, yet the wise voters just approved a 20 billion bullet train to nowhere (honestly, they do not know where they will lay a single track), along with bigger cages for livestock (so that we will now be importing all our eggs and fowl from Mexico).

Meanwhile, our governor "the Terminator" is cutting state workers salaries (but not state lawmakers), and talking about rasigin our sales tax to about 10%.

Wanna trade? :)

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