Saturday, July 18, 2009
Death and Taxes in Palm Bay
Its July and the City of Palm Bay has now had six homicides. The latest last Thursday at Woodlake Apartments off Palm Bay Road. A Twenty something female gunned down in the parking lot. This latest killing comes a mere two weeks since the last apartment parking lot shooting that happened on Agora Circle. I am telling you these apartments just attract the crime like magnets. Anywhere on Agora Circle is pretty much the hood now. Woodlake was supposedly getting cleaned up. They should invest in a guard tower as highlighhted in a previous post they work great, it could have saved lives. Most of the apartment complexes in Palm Bay are havens for the lowlife. Any punk who has knocked up his girlfriend a few times can just move in to her free or Section 8 housing and feast on her food bought by the food stamps that our tax dollars pay for. And he doesn't have to worry about paying for anything because the good citizens of Florida and the USA pick up the tab and we pay for the babies and everything else.
That leaves the money that he gets doing who knows what, for those tattoos including the one on the back of his old ladies neck, The Bling, $200.00 sneakers, The dental work, gold of course and maybe some nice rims on that piece of shit car. Somehow they seem to get cash. Maybe it came from your house when it got broken in to, or perhaps just from selling some drugs. The bottom line is these "affordable Housing" apartment complexes are poorly managed and poorly maintained and full of low life scum. Just take a drive by the place behind the ABC on Babcock and be sure to do it during daylight hours and you will see exactly what I have just described. My prediction is that's where the next shooting takes place, what a shit hole.
So much for the Death lets talk taxes.
The City is coming after us again for more money. We all have to tighten our belts and lower our standard of living so we can survive on our measly paychecks but never ever have I ever seen any Government agency whether it be local or State or federal do the same. They just come and take more of our money. Here is something really funny, Milo Zonka is blaming the previous city councils for our current financial mess. Sounds alot like he is learning from the president. Milo how long have you been sitting on the council? The Mayor says he does not want to raise taxes but is blaming the mess on the Firefighters saying its their pension that's killing us. Weren't you the Mayor Mr. Mazziotti when that contract was negotiated? Its a little too late to be bitching now. And if you were not Mayor then its still too late. Its a done deal. But they sure did get a sweet retirement deal didn't they. Who negotiated that one anyway 100 % pay when you retire. I will say one thing the Mayor is against raising taxes but he did not make any friends at the fire house. I say its time for the city to tighten its belt up like the rest of us.
Home values have plummeted about 38% in the last 2 years in Palm Bay so that means our investment, our homes here in Palm Bay have lost almost 40% of its value so the City wants to hit us harder because they spent like drunken sailors when times were good. What the hell were they spending it on? Landscaping and sprinklers in the medians? What were they spending it on? Now the cash flow has slowed and they are hurting for money. Well so are we. If you don't have the money you don't spend it. Pretty cool concept, right? If you can not afford the cable TV what do you do? You have to cancel it and learn to live with out it. We can not go to our boss and say "you have to give me a raise because I can no longer live like I have been on what you are paying me so you have to give me more money". Well you could say that, but you might be looking for another job because he is going to tell you to F' Off He is hurting right now too. I know this is not going to be too popular and it is impossible because of the unions but a pay cut and or salary freeze seems to be in line for City employees or unfortunately layoffs will have to take place. They work for the City and that's what should happen when the city does not have the money to pay them. That is what any business would be forced to do. And that is what Businesses in Palm Bay are doing. Know anybody who works at Harris Corp.? Know anybody who got laid off or now has their salary frozen? Its how things work in the real world. How about we stop paying for a City employee who drives around in the big truck on Saturdays ripping up and stealing the garage sale signs. Is that service really necessary? I think we could probably live with out it. There already is so much trash along the roads whats a few more signs. How about instead of awarding contracts to mow the medians and landscaping some city employees who would have to get laid off can do it to stay employed. I am sure you can cut corners else where. I think Milo makes enough at his business, does he really need the token salary they pay the council members and Mayor? Don't they do this job because they love their City and they like the power. Does Milo Zonka run his business the same way he expects the city to be run? The City Manager just got a 10K raise do we think Lee Feldman deserved that? I do not remember anyone asking the residents if He should get a raise. Are we afraid he is going to leave for greener pastures? Highly unlikely but if he did would he be that hard to replace. Just this year Feldman our wonderful City manager cost us about $50,000 in lost revenue because he tried to put the squeeze on the Adult softball leagues. He figured he could jack up the prices and everyone would just shell out the cash. They did not. The softball leagues left and now play in Melbourne where they did not have to bend over and spread em to play softball at night. So that's money Feldman lost the City and we gave him 10 grand more for doing such a great job? Its our City and we own it and we are paying these people to run it. Obviously they have not been too responsible with spending our money. Its a tradition in politics, they just love to spend OUR money away in every level of government with no regard because they can just take more from us when ever they want. And we cant stop them we can only vote them out. So now with out any say from us, The City Council has voted 4-1 and has raised our taxes the maximum allowed by law. I hope everyone remembers this bull shit when election day rolls around again. Because people seem to forget about it. How much has the City spent studying Baseball stadiums? Seems like we spend a boatload of cash on studies for this and that $10,000 here and $15,000 there for impact studies and feasibility studies. Maybe its time the Puerto Ricans really do pay for their own parade this time. Sure Sam is going to sue again and the lets make the Haitians pay for their shin dig and all the rest of the people who want to organize their own little celebrations in the City can pay for the clean up, the porta pottys and the overtime for city workers and police. Because we can not afford it now. Times are tough. Maybe the big 50 birthday bash the city is planning should wait. It is time to worry about what we have now and how to maintain what we already have and quit dreaming about what we could have in the future. In this economy and with Obama's plans and the Democrats running things in Washington things are not going to get any better any time soon. With over 10% of Houses in Palm Bay being foreclosed on and its only going to get worse.