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July 1, 2015
The Judge Notes:

We Have Decided To Publish Special Updates To The Shadow Rather Than A Weekly Update. Here Is Number Two!
The Police Chief and the City Manager - Again!
We have it on good authority that there was some really good reasons why the last police chief left in such a huff. And we think they all lay at the doorstep of the City Manager, But what we recently heard regarding some highly controlled police seizure funds is of great concern. We are checking this out and will probably report our findings in the next edition of the Shadow. That is if some media outlets don't wake up, do some investigative reporting, and beat us to it.

So stay tuned for more!

Not much of return from my efforts with Hathaway or Sachs. Must be too busy catering to the City Manager. And I can't find the County Chair anywhere except 12 miles north of Pierson, but I don't have tall enough boots to get through the horse dung. So I guess I will go surfing for a while with my best girl.
More of the Same Good Old Boys and Girls for the Charter Review Commission

Tomorrow, July 2, 2015, the County Council will appoint members of the 2015 Charter Review Commission. As reflected in the agenda item list of applicants, it is more of the same old tired list of campaign contributors who just want to make sure that their agendas (and not those of the average voter) are protected in any recommended changes to the Charter. You can read that list HERE ( a big file and will take some time to load), which was obtained from the published agenda.

This cast of actors includes, Glen Ritchey, J. Hyatt Brown, Glen Storch, and Stan Escudero, among others. All of whom we bet will get appointed by their surrogate Council Members that they supported with contributions during their election to the dais. The result will be no measurable changes for the good in the Charter and thus business as usual at the expense of the taxpayers and voters. We will not see any comprehensive reform to the backroom antics of the politicians or the senior county workers or elected ones, nor will there be anything to ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely or that the voter's position on issues is reflected in the elected one's behavior. We will not see any new and needed controls added to the charter such as an Inspector General position to watch over the questionable actions of our government.

No readers, it will be business as usual and only the already rich and famous will benefit as Council Members like Deb Denys, Doug Daniels, and Pat Patterson, to name but a few, do their patrons bidding. Oh yes, as a result, your taxes will increase and more money and land will be given away (translation YOUR beaches) to developers.
James Moore and Company and Tourism Taxes

Well James Moore and Company, the County (and NSB auditors) must be experiencing a slow period. The County just threw them a bone and gave them $80,000 to see if the County was collecting all the tourism taxes (rental properties pay this tax) that is due. They selected 40 accounts across the three authorities (Halifax, SEVAA, and WVAA) of which 7 were from SEVAA. They found that a little over $40,000 was due the County and have collected a little over $27,000. What was interesting, aside from the excessive cost for the audit ($80,000 to indentify $43,000 and collect $27,000), was that the bulk of the non-payers were from Daytona Beach area. You guessed it, the area that keeps coming back to the County for money (ISC, hotels, etc) and the area that wants to get cars off the beach for a favored few and thus potentially adding to NSB beach traffic. And the area where the bulk of Deb Deny's campaign donations came from (over 60% we hear).

This audit was so simple that most any accountant could have done it; you don't need a CPA firm to handle it. In fact, if the County has an Inspector General (as the Shadow has repeatedly called for) the IG could have done for no direct costs. Just another example of the County throwing away your tax money  to a favored few. And you need also to know that James Moore is not the taxpayer's friend; they only answer questions to the client, the County government in this case

Read the file HERE.

The blogers have been very good with complying with the Shadow's rules on posting, so we are going to open the blog back up and you will not have to wait to see your blog posted. But if it falls backward, we will reinsitute the requirement that we scann all bogs. LETS KEEP IT RIGHT THIS TIME!