“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing” -unknown
I moved to Lakeland about 6 years ago. About a year in I was introduced to the CCL. It has been a roller coaster ride for me and them. Sometimes I am on the ride and sometimes I am not.
I moved to Lakeland hoping for the best and expecting it. It is an awesome community but (like most) has some issues. I have seen and been through a lot since moving here. Quite a bit of it has been unfair and politically motivated. I can deal with it and have but I don’t want it to continue and I want to protect others.
I like a lot of CCL people have been targeted and threatened for my SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT political beliefs. Right now, I am fine with building a High School, after we get in commercial growth to support it. Is that so radically different than the beliefs of “Yes” people? Is it so radical that our local politicians and others should try to character assassinate me and others?
I have recorded a series of videos that I will be releasing and I will be telling my story. I know what will happen as a result of this. I will be targeted more. I am sure our local politicians will continue to lead this attack. The CCL cannot stop these attacks. The people that ARE NOT CCL can. Do not participate in them. You will be encouraged to do so. The only people that can hold a group of people accountable are in the group itself, not outside the group. If you are a good person you will put a stop to this.
I want to encourage others to come forward and tell your story. It doesn’t have to be on video unless you would like. Please contact me if you feel you have been unfairly targeted, slandered, attacked, misrepresented etc. The more people that come forward with their stories the less power these politicians have.
The videos can be found here - WATCH WITH AN OPEN MIND
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It is funny how much the Yes camp lately has been trying to say the Concerned Citizens of Lakeland have been censoring them. What is funny is that they do it on the ONE place they don't control the conversation - the CCL facebook page where supposedly we censor them.
Click READ MORE to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Did you know that Lakeland is the ONLY local city that has no limit on debt? Read here to see how the other communities limit their debt to protect the citizens from financial disaster and how our Board of Commissioners is violating all the rules. Click Read More below for more details.
Recently, the proponents of this massive bond have started saying we have plenty of 'cash reserves' that prove we can afford it.
Get the real story and to see how this is just more disinformation from the 'Yes' camp! By clicking Read More below.
Read here to see that the City really doesn't have enough revenues to finance this $50,000,000 bond even with the new tax increase! How many new houses will it take to pay for this? How many new stores like Sprouts?
The Pro-Build-Now group have made many statements regarding the tax issues surrounding this bond proposal. Here we review them and provide factual counterpoints that come to a different conclusion. The difference is we use hard data and show our reference materials where they just ask you to trust them.
Lakeland officials and Yes Vote Supporters frequently use the analysis performed by PFM (Public Financial Management, Inc.) to support the proposed Bond Plan. Below, Mr. Matt Wright, from the Lakeland School Board, states this explicitly:
He even claims that they looked at a worst case scenario (to see how this claim is clearly false, go to “Fact or Fiction From Our Bond Company – Property Growth” at http://www.concernedcitizensoflakeland.com/what-you-need-to-know/show-us-the-numbers/item/50-fact-or-fiction-from-our-bond-company.html). So, we decided to take a closer look at PFM to understand better exactly what they did.
What we learned was quite surprising! Shocking, given the claims made by Yes Vote supporters. PFM, by their own public admission, was given all of the critical assumptions and inputs needed to perform their analysis. They did not independently validate any of them! Garbage In = Garbage Out! To see the proof and to learn more about PFM, click on Read More…
Remember last year when we were told that if the bond were defeated, the tax increase would be repealed? Now they've changed their tune and are saying the tax increase is here to stay. That's not the only thing they changed... Read to see how the Board of Commissioners is refusing to listen to the will of the people!
It certainly is hard to keep up with everything our Board of Commissioners and Lakeland School Board has to say to us these days! We understand, so we have compiled a list of things they said to get elected and kept saying until Spring of 2014. Remember, they were asking for your vote and support then...