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Old 09-18-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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It's going to get more expensive to live in the area. All of these items were announced in the last week.
Toll increases on toll roads and Skyway Bridge.
11 additional revenue cameras on traffic lights [repeat after me- 'it's for your safety', it's for your safety']
Sink hole coverage on home owners insurance to increase by up to 2000%
Emergency medical service tax increase on real estate taxes
$5.00 to enter Howard Park, Ft DeSoto Park.
I guess the people of the area are OK with all the increases and cameras. They continue to vote for the same people taking more money out of their pockets.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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"we want services, but we don't want to pay for them!!!!!"
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:00 PM
 
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The option is to charge $5* for Fort DeSoto, or shut down areas of it due to lack of funding. Why is it a bad idea to charge people for using it?

I think you are being penny foolish. There are other regions that are experiencing MASSIVE increases in taxes and fees. A $5 admission cost doesn't really compare to big cities where they are nailing people with property, sales and income tax rate increases.

* unless you are elderly, handicapped, military, a student, a bicyclist, poor, or some other favored interest group
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Treasure Island Fl
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I love going to Ft Desoto. I take my dog to the park there pretty regularly. The 35 cent charge always seemed pretty low to me, but they won't see me there any more for $5. I would have been more than willing to continue going on a regular basis, had they raised the entrance fee to $1 or $2, but NO, they have to be greedy.

The tourists will continue to pay, but the locals will stop going almost all together. They'll actually loose money in the end.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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The option is to charge $5* for Fort DeSoto, or shut down areas of it due to lack of funding. Why is it a bad idea to charge people for using it?

I think you are being penny foolish. There are other regions that are experiencing MASSIVE increases in taxes and fees. A $5 admission cost doesn't really compare to big cities where they are nailing people with property, sales and income tax rate increases.

* unless you are elderly, handicapped, military, a student, a bicyclist, poor, or some other favored interest group
Well said. Totally agree.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:48 PM
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Location: Florida
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The option is to charge $5* for Fort DeSoto, or shut down areas of it due to lack of funding. Why is it a bad idea to charge people for using it?

I think you are being penny foolish. There are other regions that are experiencing MASSIVE increases in taxes and fees. A $5 admission cost doesn't really compare to big cities where they are nailing people with property, sales and income tax rate increases.

* unless you are elderly, handicapped, military, a student, a bicyclist, poor, or some other favored interest group
Nicely said. These are the people that will whine when the parks are closed down. Nothing in life is free.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Originally Posted by chi_tino View Post
The option is to charge $5* for Fort DeSoto, or shut down areas of it due to lack of funding. Why is it a bad idea to charge people for using it?

I think you are being penny foolish. There are other regions that are experiencing MASSIVE increases in taxes and fees. A $5 admission cost doesn't really compare to big cities where they are nailing people with property, sales and income tax rate increases.

* unless you are elderly, handicapped, military, a student, a bicyclist, poor, or some other favored interest group
amen.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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It's called inflation.
Also red light cameras does not really affect you if you don't run red lights. It's like complaining that officer gave you a ticket for rolling thru the stop sign.
Sink hole coverage increase is thanks to "free" market insurance companies.
Emergency medical increase is because they are out of money, and you still would want to have someone to come to your place if you are in need.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: The 'burg
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Did you get your TRIM notice? My taxes in St. Pete went down , again. I bet yours did as well.

I'll pay $5 to visit a crown jewel of outdoor parks/beach.

And don't blow the red light and you'll have nothing to worry about regarding red light cameras.

I don't have sinkhole coverage in the burg, so I can't comment on that.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Sink hole coverage increase is thanks to "free" market insurance companies.
Don't let the facts get in the way of a good rant against the free market!

The sinkhole premium increases are thanks to a state-run insurance company that was giving away a dollar's worth of premiums for 16 cents.

If you actually look at the numbers, you would know that the sinkhole premiums were priced so low that the state was paying out claims at a rate of about 6 times the amount that they were receiving:

"Citizens incurred $245 million in sinkhole losses while earning just $32 million in premium."

Citizens sinkhole rate increase slashed to 32.8% | TBO.com

That is not a free market -- that is a government entity selling products at below cost to PREVENT a free market. At due to the protesting masses, they will continue to sell policies at a significant discount to the real cost.
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