President’s end of 2014 letter

Dear Fellow Concerned Taxpayers: This has been a year of remarkable successes for our organization and our principles.  In 2014 we were the official opposition to a well-funded initiative to create a special taxing district in Duval County, using nothing but so-called “earned” media (that is, reporting and unpaid advertising) and the official statement which […]

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Endorsements in March 2015 election

The CONCERNED TAXPAYERS OF DUVAL COUNTY, a group of citizen watchdogs advocating for efficient, transparent local government since 1987, is pleased to announce our endorsements in the Jacksonville Unitary Election of March 24, 2015. Our endorsements are for qualified candidates regardless of party affiliation.  We ask for nothing more than scrupulous honesty and loyalty to […]

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CTDC Lawsuit moves forward

By David Bauerlein Fri, Jan 3, 2014 @ 10:58 pm | updated Sat, Jan 4, 2014 @ 8:55 am On the heels of Circuit Judge Waddell Wallace finding the city violated the Sunshine Law during pension talks last spring, another lawsuit could have an even bigger impact on a 30-year agreement that spells out benefits for police and […]

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Times-Union wins judgment against City and Pension Board in Sunshine case

On December 31, 2013 the Duval County Circuit Court granted summary judgment against the City and Police and Fire Pension Board for violations of Florida’s government in the Sunshine law for secret meetings held last spring regarding pension benefits. The Court also enjoined future violations of the public meeting law by the City, the public […]

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CTDC Lawsuit moves forward

CTDC Lawsuit moves forward

04 January 2014

By David Bauerlein Fri, Jan 3, 2014 @ 10:58 pm | updated Sat, Jan 4, 2014 @ 8:55 am On the heels of Circuit Judge Waddell Wallace finding the city violated the Sunshine Law during pension talks last spring, another lawsuit could have an even bigger impact on a 30-year agreement that spells out benefits for police and […]

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Times-Union wins judgment against City and Pension Board in Sunshine case

Times-Union wins judgment against City and Pension Board in Sunshine case

02 January 2014

On December 31, 2013 the Duval County Circuit Court granted summary judgment against the City and Police and Fire Pension Board for violations of Florida’s government in the Sunshine law for secret meetings held last spring regarding pension benefits. The Court also enjoined future violations of the public meeting law by the City, the public […]

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January 13, 2014 Meeting

06 January 2014

Happy New Year Everyone, January is the month that CTDC membership is renewed with a token contribution of $15.  It is also the month for the annual membership meeting and the election of the Officers who will pursue the important business of the group.  In 2013 our point of view was frequently sought by the […]

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An Open Letter from VP Lee on Pensions and Sunshine (2014)

02 January 2014

Dear Mayor, City Council, Media persons and others:     Yesterday’s decision in the case of Denton vs. COJ and the Police and Fire Pension Fund (PFPF) is a victory for taxpayers, and the public, and good government, and a defeat for a scandal plagued PFPF, and city leaders who have showed their contempt for the law, […]

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In Memoriam: Tony Bates: 1934 – 2012

27 September 2012

Our friend and leader was born Anthony Whitfield Bates in Jacksonville on May 5, 1934 and all too soon shuffled off this mortal coil on August 29, 2012.  Tony was an inspiration to us all in his selfless dedication to the cause of honest and transparent local government and home rule.  After service in the […]

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Does the City Need Taxpayer Funded Lobbyists?

Does the City Need Taxpayer Funded Lobbyists?

04 May 2012

  A recent article in a local paper referenced the need and value for Taxpayer funded lobbyists. Taxpayer Funded Lobbyists Should Taxpayer money be used to lobby on behalf of the city government politicians?  It appears that more often than not that these lobbyists work AGAINST the interests of Taxpayers. CTDC members recall in particular […]

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February 2012 CTDC Show

11 March 2012

President John Winkler discusses the JEDC, dog parks and other citywide issues with board member Tony Bates. Add to your social network:

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February 2012 CTDC Show

11 March 2012

President John Winkler discusses the JEDC, dog parks and other citywide issues with board member Tony Bates. Add to your social network:

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January 2012 CTDC Show

25 February 2012

President John Winkler discusses about crime, police and the JEDC with board member Tony Bates. Add to your social network:

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January 2012 CTDC Show

25 February 2012

President John Winkler discusses about crime, police and the JEDC with board member Tony Bates. Add to your social network:

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November 2011 CTDC TV Show

12 December 2011

Board members Tony Bates and John Winkler talk about corporate welfare and the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission. Add to your social network:

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November 2011 CTDC TV Show

12 December 2011

Board members Tony Bates and John Winkler talk about corporate welfare and the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission. Add to your social network:

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Jacksonville City Government Tax and Spend Hall of Shame

  • Out of Control County Courthouse Costs
    The original cost of the new county courthouse was supposed to be $190 million, but it soon ballooned up to $400 million before it was finally approved at $350 million by the City Council.
  • Peyton's Three New Fees
    Following the property tax reductions enacted by the Florida legislature, Mayor Peyton and the City Council rolled back needed tax relief by imposing three new costly and regressive fees on Jacksonville taxpayers.
  • Shipyard Debacle
    What do you get when you join a poorly drawn up contract with lax oversight of the downtown riverfront project by the city? $36.5 million spent, no downtown park and riverwalk and a black eye for the JEDC.

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Out of Control County Courthouse Costs

The original cost of the new county courthouse was supposed to be $190 million, but it soon ballooned up to $400 million before it was finally approved at $350 million by the City Council.

Peyton's Three New Fees

Following the property tax reductions enacted by the Florida legislature, Mayor Peyton and the City Council rolled back needed tax relief by imposing three new costly and regressive fees on Jacksonville taxpayers.

Shipyard Debacle

What do you get when you join a poorly drawn up contract with lax oversight of the downtown riverfront project by the city? $36.5 million spent, no downtown park and riverwalk and a black eye for the JEDC.