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Waymon on Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:06 PM
What has happened to the Town of Dundee sense I was Mayor By Waymon Meadows Dundee Watchdog MGR I ask for help from people who has seen the town, I love, being led down the abyss of financial ruin. It is my opinion that unless we change directions and start living within our means we may no longer have a city; Bankruptcy, no way some say but it has happened before and we are suffering from the symptoms that led other to fall off the cliff. It will take a manager who will take it on the chin and cut expenses. He can start with cutting legal fees of $ 90,000 to $ 30,000. It will take a Mayor and Council to demand cutting the budget immediately and taxes reduced in 2014 budget. It may take the citizens to walk door to door and have voters demand that this happen now! Some tell me that I just do not understand that things are ok, but if they are ok why has our tax rate gone from $ 4.41 to almost $ 9.00; with this trend how much more will it increase. State law stops taxes at $ 10.00. Here is information from Pete Gardner that may be helpful:: Waymon: The tax rate when you and I were in there was about $4.41, and it was on a downhill trajectory. Started off at about 4.65, went up to about 4.80 and was on a downward trajectory and about 4.41 when I left in 1997. We had the East Central Park Coalition where we saved $25,000 per year to purchase the land east of Dundee for the Park. We gave the funds to the County, which then went out and bought the land for the park. We were the only city willing to put up money for the park. We gave money to the County since they had more resources to develop the park than Dundee did, and that spot of land just east of Dundee could be purchased for the $100,000 - 20 acres at $5000/acre. What I am doing in E L is trying to address needs of the community and not let problems get ignored for 20 years. Most importantly - Everything we do, I want someone else to pay for with grant money if possible. . The three projects were are going to accomplish next year are financed as follows: Green Acres Water interconnect: $350,000 paid 100% from a grant from Polk County CDBG Bingham Drainage Cost : $625,000 SWFMD is contributing $240,000 toward project, and we have been saving in a separate account our stormwater and transportation funds for 2 years, and will dedicate those funds to the Bingham project for 2 years in future Lift Station Project 4 years in the making $1.25 million Grant from FDEP of $227,000; grant from USDA of 196,000; Sewer Impact Fee money of $200,000; Saving sewer charges in a separate fund for 4 years total $150,000; USDA loan of $420,000 with payments of $17,000 per year. !. Focus on NEEDS of Community, not just nice projects 2 Identify funding sources for grants/loans 3 Look upon project as multi year, and identify strategy for putting money aside toward the project 4 beg for as much grant funds as possible 5. do projects CORRECTLY SO AGENCIES KNOW THEY CAN RELIABLY INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT FEAR THE AUDIT WILL RECOMMEND REPAYMENT OF GRANT FUNDS. Hope this gives you some ideas. Let me know if you need more. Pete
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