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County makes poor decision

December 10, 2013

With only a few weeks left in its existence, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors showed last week why it needs to be replaced as the governing authority for Montgomery County....

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Dec-14-13 12:01 AM

Hilltopper, that rumor is actually correct, although I'm not sure exactly which type of public assistance she receives or how. One thing is fact, and that is that she lives in government-subsidized housing.

What is a mystery though is her employment, which by most agreement is actually none other than her $10,000/year supervisor salary. Also a mystery is how a person with such means is able to afford a trip to Italy, but perhaps it was paid for by the person whose contract she voted the County to pay as insurance broker.

It's all a clouded mystery, but alas it's not illegal to be poor I suppose. I agree I have an issue with her voting on matters of county money.

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Dec-12-13 4:24 PM

Rumor has it that one of the aforementioned MC legislators is a recipient of DSS fund. My thought on it is this; if you are in need of public assistance for whatever reason go for it. But, as a MC resident, I consider her unqualified to take care of the MC public if she is unable to take care of herself.

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Dec-12-13 7:56 AM

Well rs, that was interesting. When my property taxes are lowered, I give less of MY money to the County. They now have less money, I have more. If the County does not have the money how can you say it 'cost' something when in fact all 'costs' are paid for by the taxpayer? If you get a 3% raise but were expecting 6% do you say 'that cost me'? You can't. You imagined that extra 3% and it wasn't your money in the first place. In that scenario, you're disappointed but it cost you (County)nothing and cost your employer (taxpayer)3%..not you.

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Dec-11-13 9:07 PM

barbijane1016 I kno what you said, and I agree, he's a fake whatever party you want to call him.

My thoughts regarding people running on two tickets is that you can't really blame them. Some people actually have the ideals of both parties and so are endorsed by such. In this case, you can't really blame Mr. Quackenbush since it's not the candidate's choice to appear on the ballot; the party must endorse you. The 'blame', if it's to be cast anywhere, should first go to the party or parties that endorsed him and put him on the ballot.

I'm not sure if Mr. Quackenbush fits into the category of people who believe in the ideals of both parties, but I do remember him making it very clear during the campaign that he was going to lean Democrat if elected.

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Dec-11-13 9:03 PM

MrBoB51, you most certainly fund a cut. In this scenario, one that have grown to play many times, they take YOUR money to lower taxes, hence FUNDING the cut. You can call it what you want, it's still YOUR money being used inappropriately and irresponsibly.

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Dec-11-13 3:48 PM

rschweizer, if you read the last line of my comment, you will see that I referred to Dimezza as being the "fake Republican". In other words, I know that he was a Democrat who became a turncoat Republican. I still say you can't trust ANY person who switches, whether it is midstream or right after an election. How many Republicans would have voted for Quackenbush if they thought he was going to "think" like a Democrat? As far as Wheeler doing anything for a vote, not too many Town of Florida residents voted for her because she was not running for that district.

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Dec-11-13 9:36 AM

Rs, you do not 'fund' tax cuts. It's our money in the first place.

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Dec-11-13 9:32 AM

Maybe. When we voted in a Charter Govt we were not naive. Many knew there would be a last gasp from the old guard and this is it. So they use up the reserve fund to make themselves look good but are really saying "There, you've got your new Govt., now you start with nothing. Good luck". On the other hand, how many of you property taxpayers have at least a 50% running financial reserve? I don't but I manage to take care of everything I need to, even help to replenish the County financial reserve. I'm with Hill, have a bake sale, or a Crow BBQ.

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Dec-11-13 9:10 AM

Hilltopper, it's not really a tax-cut. The net-effective results in an increase in the need to replenish the reserves they used to fund that cut.

You wait and see next election season: all these clowns will later tout how they were the great ones behind a tax-cut and how they should be heralded for doing a favor to the people. Not ONE will mention that they blew through reserves to get that done.

The strategy works each and every time there's an election: you vote to 'lower' taxes by taking from the reserves. Then you tout how you're a protector of the taxpayer and that people should vote for you for having 'lowered' taxes. Then when it comes time to raise taxes because the anticipated revenue is way short and not enough to replenish the reserves you borrowed from, you fight tooth and nail against it because that would mean a tax increase.

The Amsterdam bloc has been the biggest purveyor to this scheme for years with Dimezza, Wheeler, and Greco fooling everyone.

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Dec-11-13 8:54 AM

barbijane1016, Tom Dimezza did the same turncoat thing. He was a fake Democrat that turned into a Republican overnight like it's some switch you can flip. And Barbara Wheeler will do anything for a vote. She can be beaten and will be once those weak Democrats get their act together.

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Dec-11-13 12:40 AM

Like I said before, until all citizens start footing the bill, not just property owners, and fund government through a income tax, I'm doing all I can to pay nothing until everybody pays something. If they have to have fundraisers and chicken dinners to stay afloat, I'll volunteer my time. But, I'm not donating the chickens. That's been going on for too long.

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Dec-10-13 10:42 PM

whoa 'topper, you need to maintain a sufficient reserve. It would be pretty tough to cut taxes below what is economically feasible, have something happen and have to go door to door collecting for the municipality

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Dec-10-13 8:44 PM

Any tax cut is a good cut. Let's hope the trend continues. Less money in the fund balance means less money to squander away.

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Dec-10-13 5:40 PM

It is hardly ethical for a town super. to be asking to use county $$ to lower their own towns tax's because of their lack of ability to maintain assessments in there own towns. Why should residents of Ft Plain be paying for Town of Florida or Glen residents? When you get your wrists slapped by the state for your budgeting ways, the right thing to do is not what you where slapped for!! For a change Dimezza was on the right side of this issue, to bad he couldn't have figured out 10 yrs ago how to do this!!!

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Dec-10-13 4:42 PM

Hmm.I could be mistaken, but wasn't Quackenbush the guy who ran on both the Republican & Democrat parties, and after he was elected, he became a turncoat Democrat, thereby not really giving two figs how the Republicans felt? I say "Good for the Board of Supervisors who finally decided to give the Town of Florida a small break". It's about time! Lord knows, the residents certainly didn't get any tax breaks when Target, Beach Nut & Hill & Markes settled here. And thank you, Barbara Wheeler, despite what the LH thinks, and BOO to the fake Republican, Dimezza!

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