Does it still make sense to own a car? Let’s find out…

So, I was recently figuring out whether it still makes sense to own a car in South Florida in a world where Uber & Lyft are so quick to give us a ride?

SPOILER ALERT: If you drive less than 9,000 miles per year, then sell your car. If you drive between 9,000-10,000 miles per year, then it is a wash. If you drive more than 10,000 miles a year, then keep it and use Dave Ramsey’s free car for life method.

For many of us who work from home or many seniors who live in the South Florida area, we may not drive as much as others who are driving to and from work. Many South Floridians lease their vehicles or grossly underuse their personal car. With car ownership comes many expenses; loan payment, oil changes, insurance, parking, tolls, repairs, new tires, etc.

But what if you ditched your car and put that money to work in the stock market or into a savings account which you used to pay for your Uber/Lyft rides? And once a month rent a car for a long weekend for your longer excursions.

So, let’s break it down. Keep in mind, these are general figures as sometimes traffic will be heavier or lighter, car prices are different for all and gas prices change often.

COSTS OF A LYFT AND CAR RENTAL

A rider in a Lyft going from Delray Beach to Fort Lauderdale Airport will pay around $40, including tip, for a regular Lyft ride (you can save more by choosing a “shared” ride). This comes to about 83 cents per mile for a 45-minute ride. The fare is heavily weighted toward the number of miles in a trip and the time is a small portion of the fare (about 26 cents a minute). There are potential other fees (platform fee, tolls, service fee, minimum fees, etc.) so, whereas the cost per mile and the time portion add up to about $1.09 per mile, the real figure will come in at around $1.14 per mile. At $1.14 per mile and driving of the course of a year to the tune of 9,000 miles, the total cost comes in at $10,260/year for your Lyft rides. Then, let’s say you want to travel once a month out of the area, so you want to rent a car. That will come in at around $120/month or $1,440/year. When added to your Lyft rides we come in at $11,700 total ground transportation costs. This is a high figure because if you are smart, you will use rewards programs offered by credit cards and internal company rewards; you will not pay as much because you will be getting dozens of free Lyft rides as well as several free days of car rentals. But that is a blog post for another day as I am a rewards junkie for which rehab is not needed.

So, how much does it cost to own and operate an average car in South Florida and is it less than the $11,700/year we found using Lyft and occasional car rentals?

COSTS OF OWNING AND OPERATING A CAR

As of this writing, the average cost per gallon of regular gas is $2.54. The average car gets 23.6 miles per gallon these days. The average car purchase would come in at around $30,000 and after 5 years will be worth approximately $20,000 ($167/month depreciation) — if you are fortunate. According to NerdWallet.com, the average person is spending $500/month on car loan payments. This seems excessive and in my example, I would say the monthly car payment would be around $350/month. Since we are assuming this is a new car, maintenance will be minimal for the first few years and will escalate over time; but let’s average it down to about $34/month over the full five years. Insurance in South Florida runs about $1,185 per year.

Many of these expenses can be mitigated or exaggerated depending upon one’s own personal circumstances. For example, one could buy a new Tesla and while the maintenance costs would be near zero and have no expense for gas and oil, it would have much higher acquisition costs. On the other side, one could buy a used car for $20,000, escaping some of the depreciation costs, but they will tend to have higher maintenance and fuel costs — especially if they purchase an SUV or truck. One may have perfect credit while another will have poor credit, greatly affecting their acquisition costs and insurance costs. The point of this exercise is to average things out.

The fuel costs come in at a little more than 39 cents per mile and over 9,000 miles during the year amounts to $3,543. Now we add in the monthly costs above (maintenance, depreciation, insurance, parking, tolls, cost of purchase, etc.) and we come to a final total of $11,340 per year.

CONCLUSION

If one is driving less than 9,000 miles per year, ditch the car, use Uber/Lyft and seek out the wide array of rewards programs available to drive down your costs even more. If you drive between 9,000-10,000 miles it is pretty much a wash financially. If you drive over 10,000 each year, then get a quality used fuel efficient, low maintenance car and pocket the savings over owning a gas guzzling, high maintenance truck. Use this link to get a free Lyft ride on me!

The question an ultra-low mileage per year car owner needs to ask themselves is do I want to get rid of the convenience and freedom car ownership provides by ditching the car to save money? Those savings could be put into an interest-bearing account or growing in a brokerage account, increasing one’s net worth while not having to deal with the hassles of car ownership. With a Lyft or Uber usually less than 5 minutes away, perhaps it may be a good idea to ditch the car or at least get rid of a second car which is being underutilized.

It’s still a tough decision as most of us saw buying our first car as a right of passage and gave us a strong sense of freedom. It may be hard emotionally to go without a car, but for many, it may be a great idea. If you are going to keep your car or are thinking of buying a new car, I strongly urge you to use Dave Ramsey’s free car for life method of car ownership.

How to Make a Pile of Cash on July 1st

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Some of the best opportunities in life are the
ones that we create, and I wanted to share an
exciting program which will allow you to create
a pile of cash on July 1st.

Gary Ryan Blair, is about to launch a truly unique,
highly valuable (and very reasonably priced) program
that’s going to knock your socks off.

I’m so impressed with this program and the chance
for making big money on July 1st, and urge you to
give this a serious look.

Here are the cliff notes of what I have to share:

The FIRST HALF of the year is about to come to an
end and your clients results speak for themselves.

They’ve had SIX FULL MONTHS to showcase their stuff,
and if they are below target or unhappy with the
individual, team or company performance then they
need to step it up in the third quarter.

Gary believes that the importance of how you execute
the third quarter cannot be overstated, and expecting
to get better results from the same old behavior will
only succeed in perpetuating your current situation.

He has created the most extreme goal setting and
performance acceleration program on the planet and
it’s called  the 100 Day Challenge.

The message is so simple, so powerful and extremely
timely. And the best part is that it has proven to be
one of the highest converting programs ever launched.

It’s endorsed and promoted by almost every heavyweight
in the industry to include Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard,
and John Assaraf to name just a few.

Click here to learn more, and get all the details.

I suggest you sign up to become an affiliate right now
so you can make huge commissions while helping your
clients to start the third quarter fast and focused.

Click here to get all of the details.

All the best,

Karl

Palm Beach County government proposes outrageously large budget that would be the biggest county government spending budget EVER

Graphic Credit: Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board
Graphic Credit: Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board

The Palm Beach County Commission will meet Tuesday, May 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for their first budget workshop of the year. Local residents can watch the workshop via Channel 20. Under their proposal, the public may think county commissioners are returning to the heydays of the real estate bubble because they plan to spend $57.5 million more in the coming fiscal year. Will the public put a stop to it and demand the commission lower the millage rate to keep taxpayer spending in check? The county commission wants to spend an estimated $725 million of taxpayer money in the next fiscal year.

The $57.5 million increase is largely due to another increase to the bloated Palm Beach County Sheriff Department. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is requesting an increase of $24 million to his budget, so his slice of the $725 million total taxpayer payout would be an eye-popping $553.7 million.

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Tony Robbins’ new book is out this morning. Get this book!

It has been 20 years since Tony Robbins has released a book and this morning, 11/18/2014, is the debut of his new book “MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.

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Tony Robbins' new book is out this morning. Get this book!

It has been 20 years since Tony Robbins has released a book and this morning, 11/18/2014, is the debut of his new book “MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.

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5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545 www.KARLDICKEY.org NEWS RELEASE FOR RELEASE ON: April 1, 2010 Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION GIVES BILLIONAIRE’S PET PROJECT $800,000 Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy. Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn’t be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.” John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name. Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge’s financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County. The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum. # # # paid for and approved by karl dickey, libertarian for palm beach county commission, district 4

Source: http://karldickey.org/press/20100401%20Palm%20Beach%20County%20Commission%20gives%20billionaires%20$800k.htm

Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund

Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy.

Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn’t be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.”

John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name.

Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge’s financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County.

The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum.

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545 www.KARLDICKEY.org NEWS RELEASE FOR RELEASE ON: April 1, 2010 Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org PALM BEACH COUNTY COMMISSION GIVES BILLIONAIRE'S PET PROJECT $800,000 Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy. Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn't be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool's Day joke.” John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World's Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name. Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge's financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County. The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum. # # # paid for and approved by karl dickey, libertarian for palm beach county commission, district 4

Source: http://karldickey.org/press/20100401%20Palm%20Beach%20County%20Commission%20gives%20billionaires%20$800k.htm

Commissioners raid Gramercy Park Community Center and Science Museum fund

Boca Raton, FL – With no debate during the March 23, 2010 county commission meeting our county commissioners redirected $800,000 to the John and Tussi Kluge Center for Creative Education. The vote was 7-0 which meant every commissioner on the dais was in favor of this subsidy.

Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission said today, “Perhaps they felt sorry for Mr. Kluge who saw his net worth drop from $9B to $6B this past year so they felt the need to fill the gap for his project while diverting funds from their intended purposes. Public bonds are voted on by the public for a specific purpose and shouldn’t be raided as we see time and again by politicians for different purposes. I thought we had at least two fiscal conservatives on the Board, apparently not. Unfortunately for Palm Beach County taxpayers this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.”

John Kluge can be found on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list and is a resident on the island of Palm Beach. Last year Kluge gave $400 million to Columbia University which begs the question, if he can afford to give Columbia $400 million, certainly he could find $800,000 to “fill the gap” of an education center that bears his name.

Karl Dickey applauds Mr. Kluge’s financial success and his great philanthropy, simply not at the expense to the taxpayers of Palm Beach County.

The funds were derived from the 2002 $50 Million Recreational and Cultural Facilities Bond which had a specific project list designated by the county commission at the time. Much of the public bond money was to be used for the expansion of the South Florida Science Museum.

Palm Beach County legislative affairs office – a waste of taxpayer money?

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-33868-West-Palm-Beach-Libertarian-Examiner~y2010m3d18-Palm-Beach-County-legislative-affairs-office–a-waste-of-taxpayer-money

Excerpt:

“In addition, are the voters of Palm Beach County offended by the blatant abuse of Palm Beach County Days that happen in Tallahassee at the beginning of each Florida legislative session? Taxpayers front the cost of travel for 30+ government employees plus the commissioners. Beyond that, there are plenty of local corporate sponsors that are happy to let the liquor flow for our commissioners and their entourage. It’s good to know supposed non-profit organizations are able to get $200,000 together to throw a party for the commissioners so far away from home. And for what? You be the judge.”

Libertarian Candidate Says to Slash Commissioner Salaries

Karl Dickey for Palm Beach County Commission
5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545
http://www.KARLDICKEY.org
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2009
Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org
Libertarian Candidate Says to Slash Commissioner Salaries
County commissioner candidate wants salary reduced to $60,000
Boca Raton, FL – Palm Beach County commission candidate, Karl Dickey said this morning, “Our county commissioners should take a pay cut showing they are serious about getting the budget under control. We need to slash commissioner salaries by at least 35%.”
Although such a reduction is mostly symbolic based on the size of the county budget, it would show taxpayers they commissioners are serious about reigning in the spending. Reducing salaries has been brought before the commission in the past without success.
Karl Dickey is suggesting a pay of $60,000 for county commissioners as the median family income for county residents is around $50,000. Mr. Dickey added, “The high-flying times are gone and the commissioners need to get real. I would even support a proposal to bring the salary down to as much at $50,000.”
Mr. Dickey is also encouraged by county administrator, Robert Weisman’s commitment to submit the 2011 budget excluding all non-mandated items.
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Time to Get Serious With the Palm Beach County Budget

Time to Get Serious With the Palm Beach County Budget

County commission candidate suggests serious cuts in county budget and a cut in commissioner salaries

 Boca Raton, FL – Palm Beach County commission candidate, Karl Dickey has been pressing the Board of Commissioners to heed a more conservative fiscal budget for years. Unfortunately the commissioners continue to have trouble saying “NO” to those coming before the commission with their hand out.       

Mr. Dickey said this morning, “Our county administrator, Bob Weisman, has been trying for the last four years to get the commission to cut the budget. You really have to have sympathy for Mr. Weisman. He has literally begged commissioners during public meetings to reduce the county budget, however we continually see people and special interests lined  up asking for money and shockingly, the commissioners dole it out. It is time each and every department, including the Sherriff’s office, participate in the needed cuts for the 2011 budget. It will not be pleasant or easy, but it must be done. I have not been overly impressed with the budget workshops and strongly feel they should be held in the evening so the public can have greater participation.”       

Karl Dickey suggests the selling off the North County and the Pahokee airports, reduce the Sherriff’s office budget ($25M in 2011), reduce the community services budget by $10M, end new jail expansion, reduce commissioner salaries to $60k, close the lobbying office, and many more.

To attract more business, the county government should adopt more libertarian principles, thereby reducing the “red tape” many businesses face when setting up shop. The county could easily become a haven for those individuals and businesses seeking a place to live and operate where the taxes are low and the government is not all-encompassing.       

During the “good times” Palm Beach County commissioners forced taxpayers into a situation where multi-year obligations must be met making it difficult to cut the budget substantially. The multi-year obligations are for projects that produce nothing and often cost taxpayers either directly or via lost opportunities. Mr. Dickey has outlined a few improvements for the 2011 budget here and will offer more substantial budget recommendations in the future.       

The county government should not have created the boondoggles such as Mecca Farms and the endless tax subsidies doled out to large businesses and organizations.

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Original document can be found here:  http://karldickey.org/press/20091210%20Time%20to%20Get%20Serious%20With%20the%20Palm%20Beach%20County%20Budget.htm

paid for and approved by karl dickey, libertarian for palm beach county commission, district 4

Interview w/ LibertarianViewpoint.com

Karl Dickey was recently interviewed for LibertarianViewpoint.com regarding his campaign for Palm Beach County Commission.

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In keeping with our goals of trying to get interviews with all the Libertarian candidates running for office April continues to track them down and ask them pertinent questions. She caught up with Karl Dickey, candidate for County Commissioner in Palm Beach. Her interview is posted here in its entirety. Enjoy!

Q: It’s a conundrum to some people. The wealthy are objects of envy, but heavy progressive taxes only create a class of dependents that are resentful of the hand that feeds them. Meanwhile, as can be evidenced from activities like the Robin Hood Foundation’s, not only are the wealthy indoctrinated to feel guilty about their property holdings, they’re still extraordinarily generous givers. Is Palm Beach getting wise to the indoctrination?

A: Firstly, although I realize many have envy for the wealthy, I do not subscribe to that notion. But more to the question, it would be difficult to know the thoughts of Palm Beachers and their reasons for giving to their favorite charities – whether out of guilt, altruism, or for the potential tax benefits. I do fully support the use of more private charities over the inefficient and often corrupt government-run and government-funded charities.

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Palm Beach County: Commissioners' $10,000 trip to Marco Island needed to study homelessness, other issues

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/24/0624marco.html?cxntlid=

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Four Palm Beach County commissioners, along with several county staff members, are at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa this week for a conference that County Administrator Bob Weisman estimates will cost the taxpayers $10,000.

It’s a trip they take every year, and Commission Chairman Jeff Koons says the Florida Association of Counties – which is organizing the conference – helps members make connections with state and federal policymakers and stay on top of issues such as homelessness and energy reform.

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But in a summer when the commission is considering sharp spending cuts and tax increases to make up for plunging home values, the trip is getting more attention than usual.

And not everyone went.

In a story posted Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is staying in town to work on pressing county issues, such as the budget. He said hanging around with “movers and shakers” from across the state is a benefit mainly for those interested in running for state or federal office.

Earlier today, Karl Dickey, who is running against Commissioner Steven Abrams next year, issued a news release headlined: “Your Tax Dollars at Work — Or Is it Play?” Dickey urged reporters to check which commissioners come back with tans.

Abrams is at the conference and could not immediately be reached for comment, although someone purporting to be Abrams posted a message defending the trip on The Palm Beach Post‘s Web site Tuesday night.

“For goodness sakes, we live in Palm Beach County; I can assure you it is not some special junket for me to drive to Marco Island,” the message read. “Please be assured I am not playing golf or going on a cruise, and when I am not in meetings, I am taking my budget book with me to also study for our (commission) meeting next week.”

Reached on his cell phone today, Koons said the conference is definitely work.

Koons said he is attending sessions from 8:15 a.m. until after 6 p.m. He said it is critical for him to be there to meet conference attendees such as federal housing officials, at a time when the county may apply for more federal money to battle homelessness.

Weisman said some commissioners choose not to travel, and that is their personal preference.

“But you are not necessarily going to meet these people if you are sitting at home in Palm Beach County,” Weisman said.

This story includes material from the Sun Sentinel.

Palm Beach County: Commissioners’ $10,000 trip to Marco Island needed to study homelessness, other issues

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/24/0624marco.html?cxntlid=

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Four Palm Beach County commissioners, along with several county staff members, are at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa this week for a conference that County Administrator Bob Weisman estimates will cost the taxpayers $10,000.

It’s a trip they take every year, and Commission Chairman Jeff Koons says the Florida Association of Counties – which is organizing the conference – helps members make connections with state and federal policymakers and stay on top of issues such as homelessness and energy reform.

More local news
Latest breaking news, photos and all of today’s Post stories.

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behind the agenda: Post reporters cover your area in City Pulse.

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But in a summer when the commission is considering sharp spending cuts and tax increases to make up for plunging home values, the trip is getting more attention than usual.

And not everyone went.

In a story posted Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is staying in town to work on pressing county issues, such as the budget. He said hanging around with “movers and shakers” from across the state is a benefit mainly for those interested in running for state or federal office.

Earlier today, Karl Dickey, who is running against Commissioner Steven Abrams next year, issued a news release headlined: “Your Tax Dollars at Work — Or Is it Play?” Dickey urged reporters to check which commissioners come back with tans.

Abrams is at the conference and could not immediately be reached for comment, although someone purporting to be Abrams posted a message defending the trip on The Palm Beach Post‘s Web site Tuesday night.

“For goodness sakes, we live in Palm Beach County; I can assure you it is not some special junket for me to drive to Marco Island,” the message read. “Please be assured I am not playing golf or going on a cruise, and when I am not in meetings, I am taking my budget book with me to also study for our (commission) meeting next week.”

Reached on his cell phone today, Koons said the conference is definitely work.

Koons said he is attending sessions from 8:15 a.m. until after 6 p.m. He said it is critical for him to be there to meet conference attendees such as federal housing officials, at a time when the county may apply for more federal money to battle homelessness.

Weisman said some commissioners choose not to travel, and that is their personal preference.

“But you are not necessarily going to meet these people if you are sitting at home in Palm Beach County,” Weisman said.

This story includes material from the Sun Sentinel.

Your Tax Dollars at Work – Or is it Play?

Karl Dickey for Palm Beach County Commission

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545

www.KARLDICKEY.org

NEWS RELEASE             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             June 24, 2009

Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586  Email: karl@karldickey.org

Your Tax Dollars at Work – Or is it Play?

County commissioners go on junket at taxpayer’s expense

Boca Raton, FL – Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission in District 4 was encouraged to learn county commissioners Jess Santamaria and Burt Aaronson chose not to attend this week’s extravaganza being held in Marco Island.

This morning Mr. Dickey commented, “One seminar dealing with honest services and public integrity must be a joke. If the commissioners sitting on the dais don’t know about it now, they never will and certainly will not learn via a seminar. These are people who have been in public office for quite some time. I commend the quote from Commissioner Santamaria that he is going to be spending the time here in Palm Beach County reviewing the upcoming budget. That is honest services and public integrity.”

It may be good for our media to follow this story to discover which seminars were attended by which commissioners, which commissioners were out playing golf, and which commissioners come back pale or with a tan. Wouldn’t Palm Beach County be better off if those dollars were being spent within the county rather than into the coffers of another county?

This week’s event is sponsored by The Florida Association of Counties and attending commissioners expect to pay for the trip by way of their office operating budget (taxpayer money).

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Libertarians Demand Open Meetings for Working Taxpayers

Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County

4577 Sugar Pine Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33487 888.236.7895

www.LIBERTARIANPARTYOFPALMBEACHCOUNTY.org

NEWS RELEASE June 2, 2009 Contact: Karl Dickey, Chairman, karldickey@gmail.com

Libertarians Demand Open Meetings for Working Taxpayers

Call to Move County Meetings to Evening

Boca Raton, FL – The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LPPBC) demands the Palm Beach County Commission provide reasonable opportunities for the general public to attend its public workshops. The first public workshop regarding the 2010 county budget is set for Monday, June 8, 2009 from 9:30AM-5PM. During these hours, most of the county’s working citizens will be unable to leave their jobs to attend and comment on the budget. Currently, the only evening comments on the budget happen in September, just prior to the budget being approved. By this time, the budget is in final form and changes are rarely made.

LPPBC chairman, Karl Dickey commented today, “This is akin to taxation without representation. By the time the working person has a chance to comment to the Commissioners, the budget has been set. It’s too late. The Commission needs to keep all taxpayers, especially the common working person, informed and provide a reasonable opportunity for them to have an active role in the budget process. If the Commission chooses to continue this practice, it will send a clear message to the hard working voters of this county that it doesn’t care to hear from them; until re-election. Therefore, we demand the Commission move all future public workshops to evening hours immediately.”

The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County is the third largest political party in Palm Beach County and the only political party promoting personal freedom and smaller government. ###