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Sheriff Borders wants $3 Million to buy off the Union Threat

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disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#1 Feb 2, 2014
The announcement by Lake Sheriff Gary Borders of his intent to ask for a $ 3 million budget increase in this upcoming years budget is nothing more than an effort by Borders to suppress the efforts by some of his “disgruntled employee’s” to bring in union representation. Sooner or later enough of these employee’s will become disgruntled enough to vote in a union. They are tired of watching Gary Borders riding around with his boy toy Scott Stone. They are tired of watching Borders old culls bypass the chain of command and go straight to Borders to solve their little problems. The front line deputies who really do the job are tired of doing so and watching all Borders little friends get special treatment including raises that he lies and says no one had got. People talk you know!

Gary Borders has never really cut his budget by any significant amounts – he just moves the money around to make it look that way – he never includes “all the sheriff’s office sources of income” other than the LCBCC budget amounts in his budget as required by Florida Statutes.

Borders said “the MSTU [Municipal Service Taxing Unit] specifically for public safety.

is also worth considering because right now it is not known on your property tax bill how much is spent on public safety.”

If the people really want to know how much they are spending on “public safety” they should demand the Lake County Board of County Commissioner’s isolate the Lake County jail budget from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office budget and they would find out right quick where the money is going. The Lake County Jail is the responsibility of the Board of County Commissioner’s not the Sheriff’s of Lake County. In fact since the LCBCC is statutorily responsible for the operations of the Lake County Jail – it would be in their best interest of any ethical BCC member to demand a total separation of this operations budget to insure that they are not someday held accountable for misappropriations of public funds. That is if the LCBCC has an ethical board member! The recent back room Senator Charlie Dean garbage deal leaves that in question. While Lake County and it’s so called public officials have enjoyed a Hiatus from their public responsibilities to the citizens of operating honestly with integrity and morals; the fact remains that all good things come to and end, And when they do someone has to pay the piper, and you know who that is, the least prepared in the group. All the best connected ones always cut a deal and rat out everyone else.

For a short period of time in the early 1990’s the LCBCC took over management of the Lake Jail. Sheriff’s like to run the jail because they can pad the jail budget and transfer the money over to the law enforcement side to squander on toys and perks or whatever their heart desires. For the most part all former sheriff’s have been honest in the dealings until Gary Borders come along. Of Course that’s what the underground loves about him, he corrupt and they love it. He’s chasing the boys and looking the other way while they pull of their shenanigans, it’s a win win situation for all of them knowing the LCBCC will not question their actions because they don’t want the headaches of running the jail.
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#2 Feb 2, 2014
REPRINT FROM FORMER BUDGET LIES - IT CAN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!

Sheriff Borders said; “I recognize that these are tough economic times and I'm just trying to help out by trimming whatever I can from our budget while still trying to maintain the level of law-enforcement services I'm expected to deliver,"

The request was $2 million less than last year, asking for just $53.7 million for fiscal year 2011-12, which begins Oct. 1. He requested in fiscal year 2010-11 $55.7 million. Most of the money — about 80 percent of his budget — is used to pay the salaries and benefits for the agency's 733 employees. At the request of the Sheriff the LCBCC set and funded the number of authorized employees at 766.
For the last three budget years the Sheriff has been funded for employee’s whose positions have actually been frozen by the Sheriff. While the actual number has varied from time to time, the fact that those monies were obtained by false pretenses and not returned to the LCBCC at the end of each budget year constitutes an act of pubic corruption against the taxpayers of Lake County!
Borders' request was praised by county commissioners Jimmy Conner and Sean Parks, both of whom have expressed concerns about expected revenue shortfalls and the possibility of reaching into reserves to cover the gap. "One of my top priorities has been to balance the budget without using reserves which is extremely difficult given the steep decline in property values," Conner said. "I want to thank Sheriff Borders because his substantial budget cuts will be a big factor in helping the commission move toward that goal." Conner said. "Crime in Lake County has decreased, which is unusual during economic hardship.” Parks also applauded Borders' proposed budget. "I think he did his best," Parks said. "Every bit helps."
Then along come the Sheriff’s Public Information Officer and spills the beans!

The bulk of the savings in the sheriff's latest budget proposal comes from a mandated reduction in retirement contributions, which was prompted by a change in state law, said Lt. John Herrell, a sheriff's spokesman.

Beginning July 1, 2011 SB 2100 takes affect. Sheriff’s office employee’s will be required by law to fund 3% contribution directly from their salaries to the Florida State Retirement System. Since 80% of the Sheriff’s budget goes to salaries and benefits fiscal year 2010-11 budget @$55.7 million times .80%=$44,560,000. times .03%(the amount employee’s will now be paying instead of the taxpayers)=$1,336,800.00. The $2,000,000.00 (2 million dollars) Borders claims he is reducing his budget minus the $1,336,800.00 (one million three hundred thirty six thousand eight hundred dollars) that the taxpayers are no longer required to fund retirement benefits on leaves a balance of:$633,200.00. On October 26, 2010 The LCBCC approved an agreement with Sheriff to reduce budgeted amounts for Sheriff’s Vehicles from $700,000. To $292,590. a savings of $407,410,000 each year in fiscal years 2011, 2013, 2014.

Now, take the $633,200.00 that it looks like he is actually cutting back and subtract the $407,410.00 that he agree to cut back on the vehicle money already October 26, 2010 and we possible have a budget reduction of $225,790.00. This represents a .004% decrease in the budget! Even then he’ll get purchases on behalf of the Sheriff’s needs directly from the BCC General Fund!

So, Jimmy and Sean once again your have been duped by the great Harry Houdini imposter! You need to learn to watch those who are crafty with slight of hand! Both of you couldn’t wait to get
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#3 Feb 2, 2014
in that brown nosing with the statements above! Neither of you had sense enough to ask why just two weeks ago Borders told Channel 9 “no way can I cut my budget, crime is up in Lake County!” Now you see why Welton, Jennifer and Leslie didn’t jump up and kiss Borders for a job well done! They all have sense enough to know it was all smoke and mirrors! You need to learn to watch Welton! If he don’t brag there is always a reason. He knows when to hold em, when to fold em and when to run!

January 2014 - Borders is proposing a $3 million increase in his budget to boost salaries for all employees and to replace 59 vehicles that have at least 100,000 miles on them. Another concern is the number of vehicles in need of replacement.

He would like to replace 25 each year. With the number of budget cuts over the years, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said,“deputies have been forced to drive patrol vehicles longer than we normally would.” WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE BIG VEHICLES THE BRASS DRIVE? WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE OUT OF TOWN HUNTING AND FISHING TRIPS THEY MAKE ON OUR GAS.

WHAT DID HE THINK WHEN HE CUT THE VEHICLE PURCHASE BUDGET TO USE THAT MONEY FOR PLAY TOYS FOR HIS BOY TOYS? HE WAS ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO TRADE ONE-THIRD OF THE HIGH MILEAGE ROLLING STOCK EVERY YEAR TO PREVENT THE ABOVE FROM OCCURRING!

It seems our Budget Office was able to get me the information sooner than expected. Below is the information requested. Please let me know if you should need anything further.
Dollars provided from capital outlay to purchase motor vehicles:
FY 2008 $1,213,815
FY 2009 $1,203,025
FY 2010 $700,000
FY 2011 $700,000
FY 2012 $292,590\

FY 2012: Agreement of lessening the sum:

In FY 2011, the Sheriff received a federal COPS grant in the amount of $800,000 to purchase a CAD system. The Board approved using infrastructure sales tax money to pay for the system ($1,222,230), saving about $200,000 over the three-year period. The Sheriff agreed to reduced budgeted amounts for vehicle replacements for the Sheriff’s Office from $700,000 to $292,590 for Fiscal Years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In addition to no pay raises, Borders said deputies have had also to contend with insurance rates increasing and a new law requiring them to contribute 3 percent of their salary into the Florida Retirement System.[AND WHEN HE DIDN’T HAVE TO PAY THEIR 3% HE CALLED A THAT A BUDGET CUT]
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#4 Feb 2, 2014
But, the following sheriff’s office employee’s have received raises:

Name 2008 Total 2011 Total
Gross Pay Gross Pay
Chief Deputy Peyton Grinnell $100,843 $116,560
Major Wayne Longo $100,921 $105,039
Major David Mass $101,398 $105,520
Major Gerry Montalvo $89,526 $105,039
Captain Kevin Drinan $91,115 $95,923
Captain Mike Fayette $87,411 $92,281
Captain Jack Holder $74,593 $91,560
Captain Todd Luce $86,337 $91,200
Captain Steve Moss $95,835 $91,140
Captain Norman Theobald $81,459 $92,636
Director of Administration Kerry Kristy Marden 69,154 73,446
General Counsel Patricia Gross 85,336 90,000
Medical Director Kevin Lenhart 71,193 74,610
Director of Food Services Baby Ann Irvin 68,910 73,446
Lieutenant John Herrell 63,243 72,994
Gregory Jackson 81,962 88,607
Albert Lee Piper 62,030 65,944
Scott Stone 43,582 50,280
Sheriff Gary Borders 139,115 140,926

Annual budget $61,799,661 (2008)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency

Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*
County (US) of Lake in the state of Florida, United States
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#5 Feb 2, 2014
Operations jurisdiction*
County (US) of Lake in the state of Florida, United States

Size 1,156 sq mi (2,990 km2).
Population 301,059
General nature • Law enforcement
• Local civilian agency
Operational structure
Headquarters Tavares, FL

Sworn members 514
Unsworn members 260
Agency executives • Gary S. Borders, Sheriff
• Peyton C. Grinnell, Chief Deputy
Facilities
Substations 1
Jails 1
Helicopters 3 Ex-Army OH-58As

Borders said that in the last three years, he has made about $8 million in cuts to his budget.

Over the last seven years, the department has reduced its ranks by 68 employees because of attrition and vacancies that have remained unfilled. THIS IS JUST A LIE PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Borders got caught with a bunch of ghost numbers on his payroll and simply had to adjust the real number of employee’s on the sheriff’s pay roll, that’s all.

July 12, 2007
To The Honorable Board of County Commissioners and the Citizens of Lake County,
Florida:

It is my pleasure to submit to you the Proposed Lake County Budget for the 2007/08 fiscal year. The total budget is $559,143,986.

Three unique events occurred in 2007 which impacts the dollars reflected in the FY 2007/08 budget and which complicate a year-by-year comparison of budget totals.

The following list highlights enhancements and reductions in the proposed budget.

1. The proposed budget includes an increase of $4.2 million for the Sheriff’s Office which will support 25 new positions of which 21 are sworn deputies.

$1.2 million for new patrol cars is also provided for Sheriff operations.
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#6 Feb 2, 2014
2. An increase of almost $500 thousand is budgeted for the Supervisor of Elections to support the primary and special elections taking place in 2008.

Almost $800 thousand is budgeted to fund Lake County’s share of replacing voting machines, another State mandate.[ got to have those optical scanners the kind that always elect those special people like Borders, the ones they are programmed to elect.]

And then in 2009 the LCBCC approved ten more Sheriff's employees.

BOARD ACTION
April 7, 2009
APPROVED Request from Sheriff Borders for approval of COPS 2008 Universal Hiring Program (UHP) Grant, which will enable the Sheriff to hire 10 additional Deputy Sheriffs.

All of which Gary Borders took the money for and did not fill the positions. For several years he padded the budget with these ghost numbers of employee’s. Which remember at the time also included the facts that for these ghost employee’s he did not have to pay the 3% retirement contributions, insurance and FICA contributions. It was all gravy!

And Jimmy Conner says “What’s really shocking to me is how sheriff deputies in Lake County are paid less than so many cities,” Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner said.“The disparity there is not right.” Hey Jimmy If you didn’t have your head so far up Borders butt you can’t see daylight maybe you could see what is really going on around here.

All of a sudden now that all the grass has turned brown and the pasture is once again barren and now these (whatever they are) are once again going for the MSTU “specifically for public safety.”

Conner suggested the commission consider enacting a Municipal Service Taxing Unit specifically for public safety. The same Conner that swears he won't support raising the Millage. TAXES IS TAXES NO MATTER WHERE HE GETS THE TAXES!!!!

Commissioner Tim Sullivan said a MSTU for public safety is worth considering.

Commissioner Sean Parks agreed that the MSTU should be explored.

Borders said the MSTU is also worth considering because right now it is not known on your property tax bill how much is spent on public safety.

“I think the citizens should be able to see what we pay for law enforcement,” he said. YEA! THE CITIZEN'S SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK INTO YOUR SHERIFF'S CHECK BOOK TOO AND ALL YOUR INCOME AND EXPENSES - DON'T YOU AGREE WITH THAT??

These (whatever they are) that are supposed to be representing the citizens (taxpayers) of Lake County still have not settled the last illegal “MSTU” lawsuit.[The one of the fire tax] That is unless they have done it under the table like they negotiated the garbage deal with Florida Senator Charlie Dean and his son Charlie, Jr.
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#7 Feb 2, 2014
Lake County Board of County Commissioners 2013 Budget Notes
Excerpts directly from the budget message by now former Lake County Manager Darren Gray
To Honorable Members of the Board of County Commissioners
Budget Message for Fiscal Year 2013
Dated: September 25, 2012

Unfunded Liabilities which are not addressed in this budget are the pending settlement of the FIRE TAX LAWSUIT and the renegotiation of the Covanta Lake II contract.[which did not happen thanks to the strong arming by Senator Charlie Dean to use his ACMS, Inc. Sumter county land fill.]

A federal judge has made it clear Lake County needs to negotiate a settlement on the Fire Tax lawsuit by saying “if they don’t he will do it for them.” So, what does Lake County do? Just keep kicking the can down the road.

Remember in June 2012 when Gary Borders announced he was going to have to lay off 25 people? Well according to records from the LCBCC his 2013 budget from them was $55,423,470. Which amounted to just -0.07% reduction fro 2012 – more lies – more smoke and mirrors!

Lake County Sheriff's Office to cut 25 jobs

For the first time in its 125-year history, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is eliminating jobs.

Sheriff Gary Borders is cutting 25 jobs to save money and help the county balance its budget.
Borders must trim 5 percent or $3 million from his budget. The 25 jobs represent 3.5 percent of the sheriff’s office total workforce.

Facing a $6 million budget shortfall, Lake County commissioners asked all department heads to make across-the-board 5 percent cuts.

"Twenty-five positions will create a substantial savings to the county,’’ said Lt.(lying) John Herrell of the sheriff’s office.“It’s one of those things that we realize we’re going to do."

WFTV reporter Berndt Petersen reports the sheriff may have to pull deputies from two specialty units to make sure that street patrols are covered. One unit cracks down on street crime and the other is a traffic-enforcement detail. Those deputies would need to be available to respond to 911 calls.

"Make no mistake about it, there is a need for these specialty units,’’ Herrell said. "But the priority is having deputies to respond to emergency calls for service – and that’s what we’re looking at."

And he forget to mention "it's all about the money anyway."
disgruntled taxpayers

United States

#8 Feb 2, 2014
The county has eliminated nearly 150 government positions since 2007. But these are the first job cuts for the sheriff's office since it was founded in 1887, officials said.

"We recognize it’s a matter of dollars and cents, and the money is just not there," Herrell said.

Let us not forget all the other sources of income. Contracts from Minneola and Montverde. Jail phone system – profits from operation of the jail commissary – various grants including the DUI grant detail, Income from renting out jail space when applicable, available to the public for special occasions “rent a deputy operations,” confiscations where they get to keep the proceeds, just to mention a few. The potential for income is practically unlimited.

This is not an election year for Sheriff. This is not about politics. This is about a culture of corruption in Lake County, Tallahassee and beyond that is running low on cash flow. Now they are all looking for more methods to squeeze the turnips. They have squandered untold millions and millions of the taxpayers dollars and just like the School Superintendent Susan “Getford” Moxley who spends more time giving excuses for why her administrator’s violated the laws of the state of Florida than she does trying to legally and professionally manage a school district that is obviously under attack by those who want nothing better than to privatize all of our public schools and turn them over to their for profit Gulen charter school management friends with a COMMON CORE rule book in their hand!

Gary Border signed on with Armor Medical to provide medical services to the inmates in the Lake Jail because he said it was a money saver. Everyone knows that’s another lie. Sine all his friends in Tallahassee are privateers why doesn’t he support Conner’s friends at Corrections Corporation of America taking over the Lake Jail?

Because that is both his play house and his cash cow all wrapped into one!
anonymous outcast

United States

#9 Feb 2, 2014
Did I get this right? I've been here 5 years and make just over $35.000. new hires come in the door making the same thing I do. Who thinks that is fair to me? What incentive do I have to stay here and continue to do a good job? None. We are just four months into to 2013-2014 budget. It is eight months before a new budget will take effect. Why is Borders talking about raises and stuff they he won't have until October 2014?

But, worse people like Baby Ann the jail cook makes $73,000 plus w/o a high school diploma. Lee Piper in the jail makes $65,000 plus because he's an old squeeze of Borders when he run the jail.

And, Scott Stone who hasn't been here that much longer than I have, makes $50,000 plus to chauffeur the boss around and blow him out when he gets stopped up.

Who thinks that is fair to me?

Yea, we need a union for sure. Anyone around here that does not think we need a union is on the receiving end of something i'm not receiving and that's for sure.
anonymous outcast

United States

#10 Feb 3, 2014
disgruntled taxpayers wrote:
in that brown nosing with the statements above! Neither of you had sense enough to ask why just two weeks ago Borders told Channel 9 “no way can I cut my budget, crime is up in Lake County!” Now you see why Welton, Jennifer and Leslie didn’t jump up and kiss Borders for a job well done! They all have sense enough to know it was all smoke and mirrors! You need to learn to watch Welton! If he don’t brag there is always a reason. He knows when to hold em, when to fold em and when to run!
January 2014 - Borders is proposing a $3 million increase in his budget to boost salaries for all employees and to replace 59 vehicles that have at least 100,000 miles on them. Another concern is the number of vehicles in need of replacement.
He would like to replace 25 each year. With the number of budget cuts over the years, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. John Herrell said,“deputies have been forced to drive patrol vehicles longer than we normally would.” WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE BIG VEHICLES THE BRASS DRIVE? WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE OUT OF TOWN HUNTING AND FISHING TRIPS THEY MAKE ON OUR GAS.
WHAT DID HE THINK WHEN HE CUT THE VEHICLE PURCHASE BUDGET TO USE THAT MONEY FOR PLAY TOYS FOR HIS BOY TOYS? HE WAS ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO TRADE ONE-THIRD OF THE HIGH MILEAGE ROLLING STOCK EVERY YEAR TO PREVENT THE ABOVE FROM OCCURRING!
It seems our Budget Office was able to get me the information sooner than expected. Below is the information requested. Please let me know if you should need anything further.
Dollars provided from capital outlay to purchase motor vehicles:
FY 2008 $1,213,815
FY 2009 $1,203,025
FY 2010 $700,000
FY 2011 $700,000
FY 2012 $292,590\
FY 2012: Agreement of lessening the sum:
In FY 2011, the Sheriff received a federal COPS grant in the amount of $800,000 to purchase a CAD system. The Board approved using infrastructure sales tax money to pay for the system ($1,222,230), saving about $200,000 over the three-year period. The Sheriff agreed to reduced budgeted amounts for vehicle replacements for the Sheriff’s Office from $700,000 to $292,590 for Fiscal Years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In addition to no pay raises, Borders said deputies have had also to contend with insurance rates increasing and a new law requiring them to contribute 3 percent of their salary into the Florida Retirement System.[AND WHEN HE DIDN’T HAVE TO PAY THEIR 3% HE CALLED A THAT A BUDGET CUT]
Good thing the sheriff's office got all that money back in 2008 to buy those big Fords because it was on June 25, 2009 that the sheriff's boy toy Scott Stone crashed and total his 2008 Ford VIN: 2FAFP71V88X128448 (HSMV Crash Report #: 77675976.

Plus reckless driver Scott Stone done $1000.00 in damages to Terry Millers Fence in Groveland. Not to mention all the wear and tear on Sheriff Borders nerves as he come to the scene and squalled like a baby because the though for sure his "wife" was injured. And the video of this just seems to have malfunctioned again.

What did Sheriff Borders do to reconcile this reckless destruction of public and private property by his main squeeze boy toy? He immediately ordered Scott Stone another new one of those big bad Fords.

Yes we need a Union at the lake County Sheriff's Office. Somebody has got to eual the playing field around this place. It is all top heavy. It's the elite comes first and to hell with the bottom feeders every time. If you don't fit in they have already got a destruction plan to fit your needs and a story to cover it it.
empty pockets

United States

#11 Feb 4, 2014
Why is Gary Borders and Jimmy Conner on the TV talking about this $3 Million Borders wants for raises and cars and stuff?

The 2013-14 budget year started on October 1, 2013. We are just FOUR MONTHS into this budget year!

It will be eight months before the 2014-15 budget year goes into effect.

Do they expect us to believe that just four months into this budget they can had an awakening and realized (except for this butties) we haven't had any raises in six years and since Borders cut that deal with the BCC in 2012 to cut the vehicle budget to $292,590 for 2012-13-14 that the cars are finally wearing out!!! He didn't really cut the budget -m he just used the car money in other places because his budgets have always been over extended. Remember the emails from former finance director Lewie Wise who was afraid she was going to be accused of all that missing money?

Borders and Conner make a fine couple. Throw in Parks and Sullivan and we have a whole passel of nitwits that think the people with brains in Lake County can't see all of them for what they really are.

The cash flow from the taxes has got smaller and smaller. No wonder, running our tax money through someone like Bob McKee that has more dates of birth than he does diplomas gets more expensive with time.

The only good thing here is when all the money is gone so too will be these leeches that have shared our taxes with all their friends.
donviel

United States

#12 Feb 7, 2014
Until the sheriff is willing to openly discuss problems of excessive force and the militarization of the sheriff's department, the taxpayer should resist any increases.
Sheriffs cars worn out

United States

#13 Feb 15, 2014
And his not so special deputies haven't had a raise in over six years.
But his boy toy's and special loved ones have damn sure got theirs.
Funny how these people manipulate the TAX DOLLARS for their little schemes.
Back on 10-26-2010 in order to get what he wanted to go with a (CAD) Computer aided dispatch federal grant Sheriff Borders made an agreement with the LCBCC (all five commissioner's voted in approval) to cut the sheriff's car allowance budget's in fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014 from $700,000. down to $292,590.
Now barely four months into the 2013-14 fiscal year budget he's got worn out cars with over 100,000 miles and needs money to buy cars!
His 2010 agreement with the entire county commission also covers upcoming budget year 2014-15- yet he and Jimmy Conner and the rest of the idiot's who think the public can't see shit from shinola will never mention they had this deal.
Gary Borders gave up $407,410. dollars per year (2012-13-14) for a total of ($1,222,230.) that should have been used to purchase cars. He done that so he could get BCC money to go with the federal grant for the CAD system.(the last time he done this he never put the new system online) And why was a new CAD system so important anyway when LCBCC still owes $10 million on the 800mtz country wide radio system purchased to end all communications problems. Not to mention the monthly Nextel phone bills where everything is really communicated.
As of right now he has only actually give up 2012-13 for a total of $814,820. The new budget year 2014-15 will begin on Oct. 1, 2014
and Borders has already got his public media decrying the condition of the cars and telling the public they should support his financial needs even it it required raising taxes or creating another special taxing district. Right from the minutes of the 10/26/2010 meeting:
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved Tab 4 to authorize the County Manager to sign documents related to $800,000 federal grant to be used to purchase Sheriff’s CAD system; authorize a transfer of infrastructure sales tax to the Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of a CAD System from Spillman Technologies (equipment and related software); approve associated budget transfer; and approve agreement with Sheriff to reduce budgeted amounts for Sheriff vehicles from $700,000 to $292,590 in fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014. Fiscal impact:$1,222,230.
http://www.lakecountyclerk.org/forms/board_mi...
SMH

United States

#14 Mar 16, 2014
Budget struggles likely means pain for Lake residents

Officially, the Great Recession ended more than four years ago, bringing to a close one of the most painful economic slumps since the stock market crash of 1929 ushered in the Depression.
Yet if you talk to local government officials, they might be inclined to debate whether the recession ever really ended, or at least whether the economy has rebounded as briskly as some indicators suggest.
That’s because all over America, property values continue to lag and, with them, tax revenues to state, county and city governments that are desperately trying to maintain important services their taxpaying constituents want and demand.
Lake County is no exception.
We learned this week that the Lake County Commission is facing a multi-million dollar shortfall in next year’s budget and will have to make some hard decisions as it tries to come up with a balanced spending plan ahead of the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.
Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders, likewise, is in a tough spot. Like many political leaders, Borders has cut spending for years and has held off making investments in people and equipment that are essential to keeping the Sheriff’s Office strong and effective.
But the bills are finally coming due, and they must be paid.
Borders, for instance, laments that deputy pay is lagging behind that of many other agencies and he is beginning to lose exceptional people as a result. Just as importantly, the Sheriff’s fleet of patrol vehicles is beginning to show wear and tear, yet there is no money to purchase replacement vehicles.
Borders tells us this is a critical year: Not only can’t he cut spending, he is going to need an infusion of money to keep the department from slumping badly.
The County Commission, meanwhile, struggles with its own financial predicament. In the first of what will be many budget meetings last week, commissioners learned that they are facing a $7 million shortfall come October, and soberly acknowledged that they will have to consider some fairly drastic options for plugging the hole in their budget.
That could include deep, across-the-board cuts in administrative departments, perhaps some cuts to library and parks services and other things that could impact the quality and quantity of the services Lake County residents now enjoy.
The message is clear: We, the taxpayers, are in for some pain next year. It might be the result of higher taxes and fees needed to pay for services, or it could be the result of cuts in services that our leaders — and we — are no longer willing to pay for.
We ask only that those leaders examine their budgets closely with an eye toward fiscal prudence. They should consider that private sector employers, too, have struggled to recover from the recession and have had to reinvent themselves to become more efficient with fewer resources.
We expect no less of our political leaders.

3 comments:
• j1ceasar posted at 8:50 am on Sat, Mar 1, 2014.
Here's a good suggestion. Let the state help out all the counties since we have a 1 billion dollar surplus this year ??????????

• j1ceasar posted at 8:49 am on Sat, Mar 1, 2014.
Well we now PAY fr the $100 million dollar court house . We also pay for not doing a better job of getting new businesses to relocate to LAKE County . Spend our money politicians . Because its not your own .

• j1ceasar posted at 5:11 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.
I'd like some facts to go with the article - How many Police has Borders "lost" . How old are the police cars and mileage compared to other counties ? Lake has spent $100 million on a NEW courthouse system / Where do the politicians think they can get money ?
smh

United States

#15 Apr 5, 2014
mitt romney's best ever phrase was that he loved to fire people, in a free market thats how it works, fire them all!!! why not lol

but does the same thing apply to goverment bueacrats?? you cant fire the government, unless they break the law of course
Lake County Citizen

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Apr 6, 2014
anonymous outcast wrote:
Did I get this right? I've been here 5 years and make just over $35.000. new hires come in the door making the same thing I do. Who thinks that is fair to me? What incentive do I have to stay here and continue to do a good job? None. We are just four months into to 2013-2014 budget. It is eight months before a new budget will take effect. Why is Borders talking about raises and stuff they he won't have until October 2014?
But, worse people like Baby Ann the jail cook makes $73,000 plus w/o a high school diploma. Lee Piper in the jail makes $65,000 plus because he's an old squeeze of Borders when he run the jail.
And, Scott Stone who hasn't been here that much longer than I have, makes $50,000 plus to chauffeur the boss around and blow him out when he gets stopped up.
Who thinks that is fair to me?
Yea, we need a union for sure. Anyone around here that does not think we need a union is on the receiving end of something i'm not receiving and that's for sure.
None of this is fair to you. Unions are not the answer. You need an employer that cares about his employees. The best answer is a new Sheriff in 2016.
hummm

United States

#17 Apr 6, 2014
And in case you haven't noticed when it comes to government employee's there is no law and they are allowed to investigate their own and always finding nothing wrong.

My brother in law works in the Lake County Courthouse. He says Judge Law's bailiff Deputy Sheriff Derek Deland and his wife committed fraud when the tornadoes hit Lady Lake back in 2007 and got a free home makeover along with a bunch of other free goodies including collecting insurance for damages they didn't have. He says its been the talk of the courthouse for years now and nothing has ever been done about it. Everybody just laughs about how much they stole from the taxpayers.

Just one little incident, but he says the total rip off was around $100,000.00 - other Lake County employee's got up to $30,000.00 free tax dollars for home down payments, one of these was a clerk that was close friends with Judge Semento.

But the real clicker is he also says about that same time around thirty people in Lake County got free brand new homes built for them if they was friends of or related too the right people. No wonder Lake County and all the government agencies is broke and just won't admit it.
Jipped

Eustis, FL

#18 May 3, 2014
Sheriff Borders AKA Sheriff Coltrane, wants 3 million to buy away a union. If we had a decent, honest, trustworthy Sheriff he wouldn't be afraid of a union. I'm going to say it again, next year we need to look at someone else for sheriff. Someone who is able to be an aministrator, and who makes their office transparent. So good people of Lake County let's start nominating people for Sheriff.
Lake County Native

United States

#19 May 3, 2014
Original post March 30, 2013- Federal Framework Being Set Federal Framework Being Set Up To Arrest Honest Sheriffs - April 9, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

Colorado, and apparently Texas (next) are being targeted with an attempt to set up a federal authority framework that will enable Secret Service agents (not just those guarding the president), and others of the U.S. Secret Service including uniformed division officers, physical security technicians and specialists, and other ‘special officers’, to arrest and remove an elected sheriff for refusing to enforce the law (or anyone breaking the law). The bills being introduced defines law as including any rule, regulation, executive order, court order, statute or constitutional provision.

Why are they doing this? Here’s why…

It would establish federal authority police powers in a State, enabling an enforcement arm reporting directly to the president (the Secret Service).
It would potentially lead to enabling the president - executive branch to theoretically override the actions and preventative measures that are now being taken by many States throughout the country who are trying to preserve 2nd Amendment gun rights and who are prohibiting the enforcement of unconstitutional law passed by Congress or pushed by executive order.

As some of you may know, a growing list of sheriffs (more than 340 so far) across the country have expressed that they will not enforce a Washington mandate that clearly violates the Second Amendment.
Many State laws to preserve gun rights are gaining momentum. States include Montana, Ohio, Kentucky, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, and New Mexico.

However, in Colorado, Senate Bill SB-13-013 has evidently just passed the Senate, and will be heading on to its potential signing by the governor, giving police powers and arrest authority to the executive branch of federal government (Secret Service) within the State. In Texas a similar bill has just been introduced in the State legislature.
The president and vice-president Biden have been actively pursuing state legislatures and pushing for passage of the bills. Obama is scheduled to visit Colorado in just a few days.“Colorado is a pawn for the Obama-Biden plan,” and then on to the next… at least those that won’t fall into line.

Quoted from Rep. Lori Saine of Colorado, who says she believes the bill is intended to be used as a foundation for later legislation that will surrender still greater control to federal officials.

“There’ve been so many explanations for the reasons they really need this bill passed. So what is it really?”“I believe it is intended to be used for setting up a framework so that at some time in the future they could expand it to possibly include being able to arrest a sheriff who is refusing to enforce unconstitutional laws. They would justify it by saying that since we’ve already given the Secret Service this ability, why not give them just one more?”

It is a full court press by the executive branch of the federal government to empower themselves even further by inserting themselves as police authority within the state, to eliminate opposition.

The votes have been cast and the results are in… The Colorado House of Representatives and State Senate have passed the bill. The results are as follows.

Again, while the bill may appear innocuous to many people, the fact remains that it establishes the executive branch of federal government (the president), police authority within the state. While most people assume that their government will always use their authority for ‘good’, history proves that this is not always the case in the end…
yep2012

Tavares, FL

#21 Jul 12, 2014
Why wouldn't Sheriff Gary S. Borders order his I.T. Director Jess James to release the GPS data logs for Cpl. Gregory Newton Holtzclaw ? Hence, it would have established factual evidence of his criminal activities....
Criminal activities awarded this Cpl. to a now Sgt position.... Great job Greg, and by the way, good luck in the upcoming appeal filed under DCA Case 5D14-1355.

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