Author Topic: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start  (Read 3560 times)

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2019, 12:21:28 AM »
Well, Nate Monroe hasn't disappointed, following up his hard hitting first column with a great series on the City's machinations.  If you want unvarnished insights into many of the issues discussed here on the Jaxson, be sure to continue reading this column.  Mr. Monroe cuts right to the chase and doesn't let his subjects wiggle out of the box with meaningless rhetoric.

The T-U needs to know that people have interest in these analyses and calls for accountability to be encouraged to support more of them going forward.  Maybe other media in town will take a cue, and start doing the same.

Check out these recent ones on JEA, Lot J, JSO, Curry, Brosche, Nelson, City task forces, etc.

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190206/nate-monroe-dark-future-ahead-for-jacksonvilles-utility

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190201/nate-monroe-crime-task-force-wont-work-if-city-hall-isnt-willing-to-listen

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190125/nate-monroe-what-is-anna-brosches-campaign-about-voters-deserve-to-know


https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190123/nate-monroe-overtime-spending-by-jso-raises-eyebrows-questions

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190118/nate-monroe-mayor-curry-ran-on-crime-now-he-should-be-forced-to-confront-it

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190116/nate-monroe-jso-left-too-many-questions-in-justifiable-death-of-7-year-old-boy

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190111/nate-monroe-mayor-curry-wanted-re-election-competition-hes-got-it-now

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190109/nate-monroe-time-for-state-attorney-melissa-nelson-to-set-record-straight


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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2019, 07:26:26 AM »
"Hard hitting" and "great series" are accurate... "unvarnished" is a stretch.   8)
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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2019, 09:57:24 AM »
His features have been very, very good.

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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2019, 11:34:13 AM »
I can't wait to see the word-smithing from the JEA press release when they choose Lot J. "public private partnership" "leveraging assets" "live-work-play"

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2019, 11:47:13 AM »
^  Don't forget "catalyst for downtown [a mile away] development".

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2019, 12:17:23 PM »
I can't wait to see the word-smithing from the JEA press release when they choose Lot J. "public private partnership" "leveraging assets" "live-work-play"

^  Don't forget "catalyst for downtown [a mile away] development".

Hm, I read that as "we've been forced to do this by deep political and business interests and this project is the absolute anthesis of how this organization and its employees work, but there's nothing we can do about it so suck it up, ride the clown cars and remember to clear out the parking garage before the concerts start."

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2019, 12:19:37 PM »
I can't wait to see the word-smithing from the JEA press release when they choose Lot J. "public private partnership" "leveraging assets" "live-work-play"

Will there be a round of bingo when the release comes out? Or perhaps a drinking game?

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2019, 07:20:39 PM »
I can't wait to see the word-smithing from the JEA press release when they choose Lot J. "public private partnership" "leveraging assets" "live-work-play"
Here are some phrases for the drinking game! Add in "catalyst for downtown development" and "downtown renewal". Any more suggestions?

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2019, 09:37:27 PM »
I can't wait to see the word-smithing from the JEA press release when they choose Lot J. "public private partnership" "leveraging assets" "live-work-play"

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2019, 10:34:47 PM »
Nate hit the handling of the pension today following the 3rd party report released this week.  Saying what needs to be said.

Add the (a) pension time bomb to (b) the rising waters we refuse to address, (c) the greatly deferred maintenance of City roads and parks and (d) JEA's nuclear power plant fiasco and Jax has four giant financial holes totaling billions of dollars to fill.  This doesn't count (e) the deficient funding of our schools under the jurisdiction of the School Board and the State.

Taxes, fees and/or JEA bills will need to rise significantly or the City will be filing bankruptcy.  Mark my words, we are mortgaging our future and literally living on borrowed time.  I believe Curry knows this in his heart and is why he probably still wants to sell JEA.  The problem is this accumulated deficit is mainly a creation of both him and his predecessors and a compliant City Council who refuse to raise taxes to "pay as you go."  Selling JEA might return us to square one but future anti-tax leaders will just restart the cycle again, this time with no JEA ace-in-the-hole.

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190213/nate-monroe-police-fire-pension-debt-tops-2-billion-risks-of-reform-plan-are-clear
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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2019, 09:09:12 AM »
If/when Jax has major financial issues due to it’s Police and Fire Pension Fund in the future, you will likely see the Beaches push hard to form Ocean County. Jax Beach has its own Police and Fire Department, and Atlantic and Neptune have their own Police Departments. Right now there is a reasonable balance of taxes flowing from the Beaches into Duval for services provided to the Beaches Communities, but if a much larger percentage of Jax/County budget goes to the Police/Fire Fund (which largely does not serve the Beaches) there will a major outcry. There are already a lot of citizens and leaders at the Beach that want to form Ocean County, but I think the Pension issue is the one thing that could unify the Beaches and tip the scales.

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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2019, 09:37:56 AM »
According to recent news reports, JFRD and Jax Beach are considering having JFRD take over the Jax Beach Fire Department.
https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/duval-county/jacksonville-beach/jfrd-could-take-over-fire-services-in-jacksonville-beach

JFRD already provides service to Atlantic Beach (JFRD Station 55 is co-located with the AB City Hall and Police Department.
Neptune Beach does not seem to have a fire department, so either Jax Beach or Jacksonville (or both) cover calls in NB.

All 3 do have their own Police Departments.

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« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2019, 10:06:01 AM »
JFRD covers Neptune currently. There are some economies of scale that would enable Jax to provide Fire services to JB more efficiently since they are already in AB/NB. The Beaches communities will absolutely never allow JSO to take over though.

JSO is almost 3x as large as JFRD, so I would presume the pension burden would be equivalent to a 3/1 ratio. That will become a serious concern if the Pension Fund struggles in the coming years.

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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2019, 10:53:51 AM »
Ocean County would have virtually no industrial tax base. Hard to believe that an entire County government could be supported without that, at least not for less than through Duval.
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Re: Monroe's New T-U Politcal Column Off to Hard Hitting Start
« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2019, 11:06:01 AM »
Ocean County would have high sales and tourism taxes, virtually no cost of sprawl/delivery of services across a sprawling area, much higher than average property tax (relative to rest of Duval), more efficient School Board, and minimal pension burden. Would take a detailed analysis to run the numbers, but it’s probably a lot more reasonable than you would expect. Especially if you factor in a potential massive pension burden.