Friday, June 11, 2010

Hallandale Beach Blues - 2010

The City of Hallandale is having a nasty dispute, that can be seen on several blogs, between some of its commissioners, residents, and some condo association societies.

The fact is that, after years of paying the City Manager incredibly high salaries and benefits, it appears that this Manager wasn't even going to work most of the time.

They have finally decided to fire him.

The dispute is apparently about paying him now 11 months of severance package, plus health insurance for life, I think, and some additional benefits. And that the total bill could be almost a million dollar.

Some time ago, and looking at the high property taxes in Florida which we had to endure during the last few years, due to the accelerated increase of assessed values, I wrote that our cities cannot understand that, since we are in a period of recession, they have to learn how to spend our money more wisely.

I wrote a few times, on how they found the turnaround way of avoiding what our legislators had mandated: reduction of taxes.

This is an example.

The City manager, recently fired, made apparently between $250,000 and $450,000 a year (depending on whose information you read).

If in fact he made these last figures, I bet that not even the City manager of Los Angeles, Tokyo, or Paris would match it. That's really something to brag about!

Hallandale Beach is a city of about 40,000 residents. Schools are some of the worst in the state.
Services are very expensive and considered inferior.

But the City Hall is impressive...

You just draw your conclusions.

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