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... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
... 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
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
... 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:

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  Taxpayers bail out Compass
Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 16:28:45 EST by admin

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Taxpayers keep paying - the compass building

Not once, not twice, but many times LWM has received calls about poor morale at the utility and other departments. As we all know morale starts at the top and trickles down so it was interesting to hear that LW employees are so crammed for space that they now have four employees working full time in the lunch room at the utility.

In the midst of our financial crisis, where the burden of keeping the city solvent has fallen on residents who are paying additional taxes in the form of 30% more for electricity (projected 48% within two years) and water rates increasing through the roof… the city manager and commission decided to spend more of your money to bail out Compass to whom we were already renting 12,000 sq feet of premium office space a stones throw from city hall… for a lousy $83.00 a month!

That's correct... $83.33 to be exact and the only caveat was that Compass was going to spend lots of money on the building so when we got it back decades from now... it would be in decent shape. But Compass reneged on the contract and rather than use common sense and seize the opportunity to serve ALL of the people by getting our building back…the commission and city manager did the opposite and politically expedient thing and bailed them out AT YOUR EXPENSE. Why? Because the commission wants those special interest votes and that's the bottom line reason why.

This has nothing to do with Compass and its mission... it could be a green energy producing company for that matter... it makes no difference. The guiding principle is "what is best for the people" not "what's best for a special interest group that has already gained exceptional advantage from taxpayers."

It's all about serving the people or serving a minority special interest group and now the whole issue of the commission's failure to perform basic obligations to the people has been brought forth.

It is patently insane under the present circumstances in which our country finds itself 12 trillion dollars in debt and adding entitlements over the next decade that will soar to 38 trillion. And here we have a bankrupt city keeping itself afloat by stealth taxing the public through abnormally high utility rates and again and again, the people have been subjected to the humiliation of picking up the tab for a commission that is out of control with its spending. In this case, it’s all about politicians and officials catering to a special interest group to get their votes and taxpayers are subsidizing it without any recourse other than to recall the bums and throw them out. But we all know that isn't going to happen until it's much too late.


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Re: Taxpayers bail out Compass (Score: 1)
by lynn-a on Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 15:15:52 EST
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Sorry--my comment went on the wrong article thus I am re-posting it.

Thanks for zeroing in on the truth of what is going on here. At the meeting the other day, Peter Timm and Dee McNamara spoke with both getting dissed from those behind me that were affiliated with Compass.

There are just way too many people afraid of speaking out ON THE FACTS. You hit it right on, as you always do. I have to wonder why people are not getting outraged, not only at this but other things that have happened. It seems that it never is about doing what is right but what is the most politically advantageous AND DAMN the City.

There is always next year when they will, once again, go up on fees and everything they can. Watch for Joe to bring forth something creative and become employee of the year.

The City of Lake Worth is not a charity organization. We can barely afford the social services we do have but we continue to give away public assets and make excuses for those who break leases or want to change them. We are not here to give away public land because someone living on the Intracoastal Waterway wants it for their own. We should not be hiring and then immediately firing someone because of their politics or anyone else's. Commissioners absolutely MUST understand what they are voting on when they are voting to spend taxpayer money. To be proud that everything passed on the Consent Agenda without any discussion is not something to be bragging about.

Someone in authority should start using the word "NO" and mean it and cease giving into special interest groups.


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