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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Csaba Kulin on the facts & figures behind Taxpayers' Blues over Hallandale Beach City Hall's destructive spending habits

My friend and fellow Hallandale Beach activist Csaba Kulin wants everyone here who's paying attention to start getting ready for Hallandale Beach's FY 2012 budget, and provides some hard-to-believe financial numbers to chew over.
That is, if they don't make you choke first.

During the June 1st Hallandale Beach City Commission meeting, City Manager Mark Antonio mentioned that the first version of the 2011-2012 Budget will be on the City's web site by July 1, 2011.
That will give us very little time to prepare for the Monday July 18th and Tuesday the 19th budget workshops in Room 257 at City Hall, starting at 4 p.m.

In preparation for that meeting, I prepared a spread sheet from the data of the September 2010 (final version) of last year's budget. I hope the columns are self explanatory.
The bottom line tells the whole story.

The average salary of the 476 employees, from the CM to the clerks (including about 30 temporary part-time employees) is $56,158.
The average benefit is $37,825 or 67.35% of the payroll.
The AVERAGE cost per employee is $93,983.

Just a casual look at "Police, Uniformed Patrol, Dept. 2130" (page 120 of the Budget) has 1 Major, 3 Captains and 11 Sergeants for 10 police officers.
Is that a bit "top heavy"?

And that's NOT even the whole story.

Look at the disparity between the safety forces and most of the other departments.
How did the City get here and how can the City afford it?
I hope this will help you a bit to see the big picture.

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As usual, Csaba has done his research.

Below, the schedule for HB City Commission/City Manager Workshops and Special Meetings as it appeared at Hallandale Beach City Hall when I snapped this photo of it on June 20th:

Click on the image to see it more clearly.

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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