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Property tax, after income tax, is one of the most corrosive forms of taxation in existance.  While income tax tells you that you are a slave to various governments, property tax tells you that nothing you worked for belongs to you unless you pay the squeeze.

Seems like maybe some folks are fighting back against property taxes... have a go at this report.

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/03/property-tax-revolution-in-north-dakota.html
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That's a coincidence, my husband will be making three trips to Australia this coming year for work, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. I looked into going, I've wanted to for a long time and I have a few close friends in NZ, I could not believe the airfare alone, 2300 bucks and to late to use airmiles.
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Hmmmmm, must be a tour going on over there.  : )  It's a killer of a flight, Katie.  Although to Sydney is not as bad.  Husband has been back and forth to Perth, and total flight time with layovers....32 hours.  Thirteen/Fourteen hour time difference (depending on time of year) is a real killer....if you go plan on staying a while so you can see everything.  We're planning on going next year when my husband will hopefully be retired, or at least working part-time as consultant, but we're staying at least 5-6 weeks....maybe longer.  There is just too much to do and see.  But damn....it's a long haul.  I know you are not crazy about flying like me....already told hubby the only way I'll go is to fly first class, and I want to stop in Figi as well.

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When my third ex-wife became too demanding the solution was to leave her at home.
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Hmmmmm, must be a tour going on over there.  : )  It's a killer of a flight, Katie.  Although to Sydney is not as bad.  Husband has been back and forth to Perth, and total flight time with layovers....32 hours.  Thirteen/Fourteen hour time difference (depending on time of year) is a real killer....if you go plan on staying a while so you can see everything.  We're planning on going next year when my husband will hopefully be retired, or at least working part-time as consultant, but we're staying at least 5-6 weeks....maybe longer.  There is just too much to do and see.  But damn....it's a long haul.  I know you are not crazy about flying like me....already told hubby the only way I'll go is to fly first class, and I want to stop in Figi as well.

 Yes, they were supposed to go to Beijing and something 'happened.' Rumour was the Chinese govt. My youngest daughter who is single and no kids lived in Fiji for a year and loved it, I didn't get there. She just moved to Hawaii last week.  This rain drives her out and since she can get a job anywhere, why not! I leave for the UK early Monday, I have no sleeping pills, I am dreading the 12 hr. flight, 8hr. time change, 4 hour layover.............
You know what'd I do if I could afford it, I'd stop a few days in Hawaii on the way to Australia, a suggestion for next year.
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When my third ex-wife became too demanding the solution was to leave her at home.


LOL!  Well, Tommy, I've been happily married for 37 years....hubby still calls me his "princess."  I admit, I usually get what I want and I always fly first class.  It's the only way hubby can get me on the plane.  That, and a Xanax.
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Hmmmmm, must be a tour going on over there.  : )  It's a killer of a flight, Katie.  Although to Sydney is not as bad.  Husband has been back and forth to Perth, and total flight time with layovers....32 hours.  Thirteen/Fourteen hour time difference (depending on time of year) is a real killer....if you go plan on staying a while so you can see everything.  We're planning on going next year when my husband will hopefully be retired, or at least working part-time as consultant, but we're staying at least 5-6 weeks....maybe longer.  There is just too much to do and see.  But damn....it's a long haul.  I know you are not crazy about flying like me....already told hubby the only way I'll go is to fly first class, and I want to stop in Figi as well.

 Yes, they were supposed to go to Beijing and something 'happened.' Rumour was the Chinese govt. My youngest daughter who is single and no kids lived in Fiji for a year and loved it, I didn't get there. She just moved to Hawaii last week.  This rain drives her out and since she can get a job anywhere, why not! I leave for the UK early Monday, I have no sleeping pills, I am dreading the 12 hr. flight, 8hr. time change, 4 hour layover.............
You know what'd I do if I could afford it, I'd stop a few days in Hawaii on the way to Australia, a suggestion for next year.

Lucky girl....moving to Hawaii...what a great opportunity and why not if she can get a job anywhere.  Go for it!!!  Oh, poor thing.  You need some pills before you get on the plane, Katie.  I just hate it.  Truthfully, I will never enjoy it...even flying first class I just HATE IT!  Hubby can get on the plane and fall aslseep before the plane even takes off.  Of course, once I dig my nails into his arm for take-off, he is wide awake.  Yes, we have talked about stopping in Hawaii for a few days, but hell....don't even want to make that flight. LOL!
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When my third ex-wife became too demanding the solution was to leave her at home.


LOL!  Well, Tommy, I've been happily married for 37 years....hubby still calls me his "princess."  I admit, I usually get what I want and I always fly first class.  It's the only way hubby can get me on the plane.  That, and a Xanax.

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 Fed up with both parties? Then gnaw on this platform

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$('div.floatingContent').css({display:'block'});</script>“Vote Brisketarian,” the T-shirt proclaims, flanked by images of two American flags. The T-shirt appeared last spring during the annual Dripping Springs Cook Off. More than 100 brisket teams took the heat to see who made the best brisket.

There may have been some disappointed producers among the Brisketarians, but there were no unhappy consumers. Trust me, no one muttered about the lack of two chickens for every pot. I just wish the Brisketarians could be a little more serious about their politics.

Why? They may be our only hope. As I see it, if Brisketarians in the red states formed a coalition with the blue Pastramian states in the Northeast, we’d never hear from the Democrats or Republicans again.

It’s pretty clear today that neither party would be missed if there were an alternative. Skeptics should consider the current 12 percent approval rating of Congress, a tie for the lowest rate in history. If that isn’t enough, consider the choices the parties are providing in November.

Whatever their differences, the Brisketarians and Pastramians share the same cut of beef, so I think they have a future. What they need is a platform to save the country. So here it is. And fear not: Potato salad, cole slaw and pickles come with the plate.

Chuck the entire tax code. Do it now. Commit any incumbent who defends it, or wants to continue tinkering with it, to life occupancy in the nearest mental institution secure enough to handle the criminally insane. Replace the employment tax, personal income tax and corporate income tax with a national sales tax. Make it genuinely progressive with a hefty prebate based on household size, unlike the largely fictional and highly uncertain progressivity of the current system. Stop the insanity. This single action will do more for our country than any other. It will increase tax revenue. It will reduce prices to consumers. And it will tax our ever-growing shadow economy.

Make bankers take risks with their money, not ours. This can be done through something called limited-purpose banking, which, as the name suggests, limits the amount of risk banks can take. Banks that want to take risks can, but the bankers, not taxpayers, will bear full liability for losses. No more bailouts from taxpayers. Watch how the presence of actual risk will improve attention to loan quality.

Create a unified savings plan for what workers don’t spend. Since money saved is money not taxed under a national sales tax, the current hodgepodge of tax-deferred savings plans can be simplified and contributions would be unlimited. It would be handy, however, to have an automatic, low-cost and easily managed plan. With automatic deposit of paychecks, this can be done through our new limited-purpose banks offering a wide variety of dirt-cheap exchange-traded funds.

Restore Social Security to a pay-as-you-go basis. And pay for it with national sales tax revenue. Return the fraudulently taken overpayments of employment taxes collected since 1983 to workers, as I suggested some time ago.

Cap Medicare as a percentage of GDP. Remind current and future retirees that 80 percent of all advances in life expectancy were from improvements in public health, not heroic doctors and warm-hearted hospital administrators. Stop allowing the medical-pharma complex to use government to increase its revenue faster than anyone can pay or the economy can grow. Trust me, the result will be innovation, improvement and reasonable use of health care, not shorter lives or poorer health. Provide federal funding for medical education of doctors, physician assistants and nurses, increasing the supply of all three and reducing the pressure that medical education debt creates to focus on specialties rather than primary care.

Make friends and feed the world. Do it by ending subsidies for ethanol and redirecting crops from fuel to food, reducing prices by increasing the available supply of food crops. Couple it with aggressive expansion of all domestic energy sources.

Be energy-efficient, produce domestic energy and starve a terrorist. Set our drillers free; unleash Amory Lovins’ ideas in Reinventing Fire. Every dime we don’t spend importing oil is a dime very well not spent. Anything close to energy independence would allow major reductions in military spending.

Scott Burns is a syndicated columnist and a principal of the Plano-based investment firm AssetBuilder Inc. Email questions to scott@scottburns.com.


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After being detained and questioned at the airport for over an hour, Aaron Tobey put forth a civil rights lawsuit against a host of defendants seeking $250,000 in damages.

Tobey approached the Richmond airport terminal in December 2010 and opted out of the radiation-firing nude body scanner; instead, he chose the enhanced pat down where he stripped down to his shorts and staged a silent protest via his body.

What Mr. Tobey had written on his body is likely what incited consternation among the screeners. On his chest and gut, Mr. Tobey had inscribed in black marker the words, “Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated.”

Circuit Judge Roger Gregory, in his majority opinion, offered a more precise version of events:

In anticipation that he might be subjected to enhanced
screening, Mr. Tobey had written the text of the Fourth
Amendment on his chest as he believed AIT scanning was
unconstitutional. Before proceeding through the AIT unit, Mr.
Tobey calmly placed his sweatpants and t-shirt on the conveyor
belt, leaving him in running shorts and socks, revealing
the text of the Fourth Amendment written on his chest. Agent
Smith advised Mr. Tobey he need not remove his clothes. Mr.
Tobey calmly responded that he wished to express his view
that TSA’s enhanced screening procedures were unconstitutional.

At this point, Agent Smith radioed for assistance. As commanded
by her supervisor, Appellant-Agent Jones, Agent
Smith ordered Mr. Tobey to remain in front of the AIT unit.
Agent Jones and unknown Appellant-Agent Doe then asked
RIC police for assistance. At no point did Mr. Tobey refuse
to undergo the enhanced screening procedures. Nor did he
decline to do anything requested of him. In fact, Mr. Tobey
alleges that he “remained quiet, composed, polite, cooperative
and complied with the requests of agents and officers.

The lawsuit claims that Tobey, “in the exercise of his rights to Free Speech and to petition the United States government for the redress of grievances, was arrested without probable cause, falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted for the partial removal of his clothing and display of the text of the Fourth Amendment on his chest…”
http://www.infowars.com/tsa-protester-with-4th-amendment-written-on-chest-wins-trial-over-airport-arrest/

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And? This only tells me, I can only strip to my knickers if asked. I don't think this had anything to do what he wrote  on his chest,(I think TSA employees could care less) it was stripping down, being told not to and then defiance on his part from what I read in the lawsuit. That will get you busted.
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He is most likely a typical right winger who is morbidly obese with pendulous breasts.  Who wants to see that?
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Nope, he is young, very young, flat tummy, no man boobs. He is a student. His crime was he probably got smart mouthed and you know how the little people are with a little power/authority and a badge.
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Yeppir, the old timers called it "badge heavy."
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Police in Seattle, Washington have responded to a major public outcry by disabling a recently discovered law enforcement tool that critics said could be used to conduct sweeping surveillance across the city.

Last week, Seattle’s The Stranger published an in-depth look at a little known new initiative taking place within the city that involved the installation of dozens of devices that would create a digital mesh network for law enforcement officers. The devices — small white-boxes equipped with antennas and adorned on utility poles — would broadcast data wirelessly between nodes so police officers could have their own private network to more easily share large amounts of data. As The Stranger pointed out, however, those same contraptions were able to collect data on internet-ready devices of anyone within reach, essentially allowing the Seattle Police Department to see where cell phones, laptops and any other smart devices operating within reach were located.

The SPD said they had no bad intentions with installing the mesh network, but The Stranger article and the subsequent media coverage it spawned quickly caused the system to receive the type of attention that wasn’t very welcomed. Now only days after citizens began calling for the dismantling of the mesh network, The Stranger has confirmed that the SPD are disabling the devices until a proper policy could be adopted by the city.

...

The SPD told The Stranger previously that the system was not being used, but anyone with a smart phone who wandered through the jurisdiction covered by the digital nodes could still notice that their devices were being discovered by the internet-broadcasting boxes, just as a person’s iPhone or Android might attempt to connect to any network within reach. In theory, law enforcement could take the personal information transmitted as the two devices talk to each other and use that intelligence to triangulate the location of a person, even within inches.

When the SPD was approached about the system last week, they insisted that it wasn’t even in operation yet. David Ham of Seattle’s KIRO-7 News asked, however, how come “we could see these network names if it’s not being used?”

“Well, they couldn’t give us an explanation,” Ham said at the time.
... 
Now just days later, the SPD has admitted to The Stranger that indeed the mesh network was turned on — it just wasn’t supposed to be.

“SPD maintains it has not been actively using the network — it was operational without being operated, having been turned on for DHS grant-mandated testing and then never turned off — so shutting it down won't hamper any current SPD activities,” The Stranger reporter.

Seattle police deactivate surveillance system after public outrage...
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Reply to katie5445 (10/20/2012 9:19 PM)

That's a coincidence, my husband will be making three trips to Australia this coming year for work, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. I looked into going, I've wanted to for a long time and I have a few close friends in NZ, I could not believe the airfare alone, 2300 bucks and to late to use airmiles.

You might want to try priceline.com - there you can choose your flights and make an offer [basically name your own price - no guarantee it will be accepted but it's worth checking out].
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 My son in law researches companies and if he finds some odious behavior, he refuses to patronize them.  Doesn't mind letting everyone know why he doesn't shop at Walmart, play at Sea World, etc., and he will refer you to a documentary if you're interested

It is a bit restrictive, at times.

I was married 48 years to the same good man, and he insisted that I travel with him.  He travelled extensively, though mostly around the Pacific Northwest.  Dinner and a movie, and I was fine with some long hours on the road.         I always enjoyed exploring the communities where we stayed, museums, art galleries, downtown architecture, even cemeteries, while he worked 
attended some conference, whatever
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 My son in law researches companies and if he finds some odious behavior, he refuses to patronize them.  Doesn't mind letting everyone know why he doesn't shop at Walmart, play at Sea World, etc., and he will refer you to a documentary if you're interested
It is a bit restrictive, at times.

It is.  I will not knowingly do business with any company that took part in TARP or stimulus or has engaged in crony capitalist shenanigans.  This required me to shut down a credit card I'd had for years (capital one), re-finance a mortgage (wells-fargo), sell a truck (chevy), sell stocks (G.E.) and try to manage my mutual funds to avoid such companies and stay away from US debt instruments... virtually impossible in the mutual fund environment.

That's the thing about ethics and morality... they make ones life more difficult.  Kinda the point, I suppose.  I do know that every time I've violated my own codes of ethics & morality, I've regretted it.  I even keep a list of them... I don't know why.  It's not a long list and there is nothing particularly heinous in the scale of humanities crimes but
I was married 48 years to the same good man, and he insisted that I travel with him.  He travelled extensively, though mostly around the Pacific Northwest.  Dinner and a movie, and I was fine with some long hours on the road.  I always enjoyed exploring the communities where we stayed, museums, art galleries, downtown architecture, even cemeteries, while he worked attended some conference, whatever.

Condolences to you, Nickel, and glad your life with your 'old man' was a happy one. 

Just prior to the births of my girls, I was putting together wills and consolidating information for you know what.  Darling bride apparently had never considered she will out live me... and was a bit pissed that I brought it to her attention.  Odd reaction, I thought.
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One of the first things my mom said to me when she found out she was terminal, thank God it's me and not your dad.
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I profess amazement.  A federal judge actually ruled against the federal government in a meaningful way.  Will wonders never cease?

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the information had helped to head off terrorist attacks.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/national-security-agency-phones-judge-101203.html#ixzz2nfcQaNWW

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_J._Leon

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The criminal probe stems from a complaint filed by Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, who was patted down by TSA agents on Dec. 26 as she was escorting her 13-year-old daughter to a flight bound for Philadelphia. Steenhoek was not flying, just getting her daughter to the gate.
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Although she had proper credentials to accompany her daughter to the airline gate, an alarm at the checkpoint sounded when she went through. Steenhoek believes the machine picked up the jewels that were sewn into the rear pockets of her jeans. She was asked to submit to having her hands swabbed, which she did.

“Then they told me I tested positive for explosives,” Steenhoek said during an interview with CBS4.

She explained to the agents that the positive hit from her hand swab was probably the result of her pumping gas into her car earlier in the day.

“She said, ‘We’ll have to do a search.’ So I thought, ‘Okay.’ “
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Eventually TSA officers released her without finding anything and she managed to get her daughter to her flight on time. Steenhoek complained to the TSA about her treatment but felt that would not yield any results.

Three days later she went to Denver police and filed a police complaint against the unnamed female TSA agent who searched her. In the report Steenhoek complained of an “intrusive search,” characterizing what happened to her as being “sexually assaulted.”

“I was looking for consequences, for TSA to be accountable for what they do to people,” Steenhoek told CBS4.

“You want one or more of them to be charged with sexual assault?” she was asked.

“I do,” she responded.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/01/15/tsa-pat-down-at-dia-leads-to-sex-assault-investigation/

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The Associated Press reports that the city of Deming, New Mexico, where David Eckert was pulled over for a rolling stop last January, and nearby Hidalgo County have agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit he filed after cops from those two jurisdictions forced him to undergo a humiliating exploration of his digestive tract. The city and county will pay Eckert $1.6 million, which amounts to $200,000 for each of the increasingly intrusive searches performed on Eckert at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City: two X-rays, two digital probes of his anus, three enemas, and a colonoscopy, none of which discovered the slightest trace of the drugs that police claim to have thought he was hiding inside himself. Eckert, whose case was first noted here by Brian Doherty, also sued various Deming and Hidalgo County police officers; the hospital, which billed him more than $6,000 for these indignities; and two physicians, Robert Wilcox and Okay Odocha, who executed the elaborate assault under the cover of medicine.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/01/14/victim-of-dog-authorized-anal-assault-re
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A reporter asks a real question of a democrat?  Inconceivable!

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/pelosi-confronted-teen-reporter-nsa


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 bush did it
Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
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 That bastard!
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Market value assesments are the main source of grief for me about property taxes.  They put some seniors out of homes and off property that they had owned for generations:  they could afford the property tax based on the price they had paid for their home.  They could not afford to pay the property taxes based on what others were  currently willing to pay for similar homes.

Sympathy for them lead to additional tax legislation to ease the burden on home owners and senior citizens in particular.

This increased the paper work and added jobs for the state, which increased the cost of government.....
The old system was fine:  the property value increased with the sale  and it was precise.   Now the assessment is an estimate based on the sale of 10 similar homes.


If you improve your property, your property taxes go up.  So, the incentive to improve the housing stock in our community is completely lost or the improvement is hidden and housing codes protecting the safety of residents are not used increasing the risk of unsafe improvements. 
The assessor assumed that given the age of our home  the basement was finished, given the shed though unused, he assessed it as valuable.  I took him to see the unfinished basement, and we tore down the shed, so he had to lower our property taxes, but that is as good as it ever got for us in fighting the market value assessment.   The other thing is they assume that you maintain your property in top condition, so if it needs a roof or some other major expenditure and you can't sell at market...they don't care.

I am surprised that none of the discussion points made take issue with how unfair it is to base property taxes on the value of the property when that is clearly a redistribution of the wealthy to the poorer property owners, and yet the police and fire departments serve them equally. The user fee/enterprise fund approach is the fairest: one property one trash container, one foot of water, and if one property uses more they have to pay more, very specifically. Our ambulance service works that way even though it's part of the fire department which gets its revenues from the general fund. At one point the community across the river was availing themselves of our ambulance services. Wise of them. We were not charging what the ambulance actually cost, making up the difference with property taxes from our residents. I was not a popular council member for  pointing that out. Some interesting dance steps came out of the process to arrive at fees that covered the cost. Nothing was fair about the tunes played at council meetings for over year. People screamed about the dramatic increase once it was implemented. No one wanted to increase property taxes in the community across the river to pay for it, and no one in our community wanted that either. So the fee increase was unpleasant for our fire fighters and ambulance crews who all campaigned against me in the next election. . .lol......and I was not reelected. 
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 Everyone wants a free lunch.  Property taxes are among the most corrosive taxes imaginable.
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Corrosive?

Property taxes make perfect sense when they fund the essentials:  Water, Sewer, Sanitation, Fire, and Police.  All five are directly related services to property that individually would be far more expensive for property owners. 

We've tried billing individuals only for services used in the county...a collosal failure on all levels!
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And schools, roads, parks and libraries. My husband works 10 days a year for all these services and well worth it considering he works 8-1/2 months a year.
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Idaho funds transportation, the city chooses to spend more on roads.  We have an independent school district funded through property tax, and it rivals the city budget....speaks well for the community that almost always votes in support of the schools until recently when the county came up with a jail bond and the community decided a new high school would have to wait.

The council determines the dollars for the libraries, but state law has the library board decide how they are spent.  Makes sense until you ralize these people are all about books, and have no interest in structures.  So, the rotten window sills and roofs and the building in general was used up to the point of condemnation.   Unfortunate, since it was an historic Carnegie Library they let go, and then, years ago,  had renovated out of its historic significance.  Ignorance was not bliss.  I was outraged....and they wanted a new building.....they needed a new building....  We had to request that they allow our building maintenance to take over!  Feather ruffled.....   I stopped going to their meetings, given that my opposition killed a couple of their bond elections, or at least that's what they thought.

Parks!  Okay, we have a municipal golf course that was drawing funds from our Parks and Recreation.  They needed a new water systems, new this, new that, and were not charging fees large enough to support themselves.  Council had several golfers happy with the existing fees, loath to increase them, many friends of the course played free, very lax system.
Irrigation water is hands down cheaper and better for grass, but the city didn't want the irrigation district to supply the water, couldn't control the independent district that came with the annexation of the Orchards years ago.  So, they yearly added on to the river's  water treatment plant's system up to the edge of the Orchards despite several studies that indicated the golf course would most economically be irrigated by the irrigation district  already in the Orchards instead of having its source down on the river.  Still, public works advocated for the water treatment plant and council rubber stamped their recommendation, leaving it to the experts to decide. never looking at what was happening, reading the studies, or caring   It just takes a letter to the editor to alter their course, but who wants to go up against city hall, and who reads any of that studies stuff. City budgeta are an unwatched till, despite the occasional whining that taxes are too high.
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