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 [...]

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

Pensions: Taxpayers Pay but Have Almost No Say…

The Taxpayers contribute about 80% of the money to fund the Police and Fire Pension system. That’s right 80%! Police and Fire participants in the pension plan ONLY CONTRIBUTE 10%. The remainder comes from insurance premiums. In spite of all this, Taxpayers only have a 40% say in how the Police and Fire Pension Fund [...]

Pensions:  Taxpayers Pay but Have Almost No Say… Pensions:  Taxpayers Pay but Have Almost No Say…

Hate to Say We Told You So…

The City Council Auditor has recently released the results of their audit of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission. The audit reinforces what we have been saying all along. The promises made by the advocates of corporate welfare in the form of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission are often not delivered. With over a decade long [...]

Hate to Say We Told You So… Hate to Say We Told You So…
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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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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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.