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Lake Worth Utilities
Waste Meter
$50,000
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
$200,000
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
$591,898
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
$123,098
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
$64,000
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
$450,000
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
$59,975
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
$82,620
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
Total Taxpayer Dollars Wasted:
$1,621,591
 
 

 
 
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  Why I want to be a Strong Mayor
Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 @ 06:39:12 EST by admin

Lake Worth

Why I want to be a Strong Mayor

Here is what I see for Lake Worth… the potential for greatness and the reestablishment of its preeminence as the Jewel of the Gold Coast. But what’s the reality? The reality is… left on its current path; Lake Worth will never achieve more than it has become …which to most residents is not acceptable given its potential.


The problem has been the lack of leadership and management to move Lake Worth anywhere. Commission after commission is elected, reelected, tossed out, turned over and recycled again. City management has followed the same course but at a much slower pace. So each election year, hopes are raised, the same slogans repeated, and each time we end up with “more of the same” government that increasingly becomes more out of control, less open, less transparent, more vicious, more wasteful, less responsive, less efficient and completely without accountability. And this, despite all the good intentions of many candidates.

It makes little difference whether it’s the “progressives” (whatever that means) or the traditionals that are in power, guided by staff, they keep raising rates so they can spend more money… squandering the surplus on foolish and mindless ventures with consultants, contractors and outsiders who benefit while residents continue to pay the tab in the form of the highest cost of living anywhere around.

How long can people endure this endless assault on their pocket books and wallets and still want to live in a city that charges them more for everything and consistently delivers less?

The one complaint most commonly heard from residents is “where is the accountability for anything?” Presently, that accountability is shared among our five member commission that takes years to vote in or out of office. So grid lock continues as competing factions war for power.

So what’s the solution to all this? Well, how about a return to democratic government with its separation of powers? Imagine the confusion and political intrigue if the House and Senate appointed the President of the United States. So why is it any different for Lake Worth? We elect a legislative body who in turn appoints a Chief Executive and it quickly evolves into an appointed government within a government that has no direct accountability to the people. And then we wonder why we see corruption, waste, grid lock, and political meddling by the city manager.

So it boils down to the missing checks and balances necessary for good government and the question is “who is going to be the Chief Executive of the city corporation?” Is it a non-elected appointed bureaucrat beyond the reach of the people’s vote, or is it an elected Chief Executive directly accountable to the people?

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Re: Why I want to be a Strong Mayor (Score: 1)
by lynn-a on Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:58:09 EST
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Ok Lois, I mean Bill. This makes a lot of sense. What happens though if we unknowingly elect a totally corrupt bum? Then what? What happens if we by accident, elect a dumazz. Then what?




 
 

 
 
 
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