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Stand up to GRU – Protest Tuesday at GRU Office at 4:30pm

Attention ALL GRU Ratepayers: Protest Tuesday at GRU at 4:30pm

Screenshot_2019-06-24 MYCBS4 Gainesville residents protest GRU rate increases outside of city hall on June 20th

Protest Tuesday @ GRU at 4:30pm. Note: ALL GRU ratepayers are burdened by high utility rates even if you live outside of the Gainesville city limits so please attend and make your voice heard.

Great news,

The UAB (utility advisory board) will be holding a meeting this Tuesday, June 25th at 5:30pm at GRU located at 301 SE 4th Ave. near Depot Park and bus station.

Citizens will be protesting out front on the corner from 4:30pm – 5:30pm and we encourage you and your friends to come out and join us!

People are beginning to hear about the protest – to Stop Another GRU Rate Hike – we had last Thursday at City Hall and on University Ave.

They are taking the protest news back to their friends, family and neighbors and the distrust of GRU management and the city commission is growing.

Many GRU customers are ALREADY paying the highest utility bills in the state and the City and GRU need to cut their BLOATED budget.

We also succeeded in getting the message out that while our city is in the middle of a budget crisis Mayor Poe takes off on a TAXPAYER funded trip to Hawaii.

Not the time to back down.

Sorry about the mix up with the cold drinks last Thursday – will have them this TUESDAY starting at 4:30pm.

This is where people go to pay their GRU bill in hopes that they do not get their power shut off. GRU is located on the EASTSIDE of town.

We saved the protest signs and making more.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you,

Debbie

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Take a look at some of our new signs and we are open to suggestions. Feel free to bring some signs of your own.

Fire GRU Manager

Mayor Poe must Resign

No More GRU Biomass Electric Rate Hikes

Mayor Poe in Hawaii on Our Dime!

GRU bills already Sky High

We cannot Afford to pay More

GRU rate hikes Hurt the Poor

Stop GRU rate hikes

*Posted with permission of author

Gainesville City Commission Vote Yes to Increased GRU Rates and Property Taxes

by Landon Harrar

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — It’s a double-whammy for taxpayers in the city of Gainesville.

City commissioners voted Wednesday to approve 6.4 percent rate increase for electricity, and that isn’t the only rate hike.

Commissioners have for months been trying to find millions of dollars to make up for their budget shortage. Wednesday, on a vote of 4-3, property taxes, the fire fee, and GRU rates will help fix that gap. Read the rest HERE.

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Residents are NOT happy about it. From Facebook :

Commissioners approved a 6.4% electric rate increase and property tax increase that could be as high as 11.5%.

After months of deliberations, Gainesville’s elected leaders on Wednesday decided to increase electric rates and property taxes to make up what’s left of a budget shortfall.

The Gainesville City Commission voted 4-3 to increase electric rates by 6.4% and bump property taxes up 11.5%, an increase that will cost most city residents hundreds more a year. Commissioners Gail Johnson, Harvey Ward and Gigi Simmons voted in dissent.

The City Commission will vote again in July and September to finalize the increases.

The electric increase is higher than what Gainesville Regional Utilities officials initially requested and eats up savings customers had seen from the $754 million biomass plant purchase in 2017.

Though currently the lowest in the county, the city’s proposed property tax rate would be the highest it’s been in 25 years. The increase puts Gainesville at the second lowest, behind Archer, and would add almost $4 million to the city’s budget.

Property values have gone up roughly 6% in Alachua County in the past year.

Those in attendance asked city leaders to think about cutting the budget before considering increases on taxpayers and pointed to GRU customers’ charges and rates that are already at or near the highest in the state.

The proposed revenue increases will cover the city’s remaining $3.2 million budget deficit — a hole that started at $12 million. The city’s budget also includes new commission initiatives and 16.5 full-time employees at a cost of $1.2 million, which interim City Manager Deborah Bowie said were not a factor in the deficit.

Throughout the budget process, the commission has not made any cuts to its budget, with the exception of about $790,000 in reduced pension payments.

Commissioners on Wednesday agreed to consider up to $1.5 million in department cuts at an upcoming meeting, a suggestion they rejected in February.

Mayor Lauren Poe said the city has been “very conservative” on spending and that the city has done everything possible to lower rates or keep them steady, despite increasing rates in each of the last three years.

“You cannot starve government into greatness,” Poe said. “We cannot address the challenges we have as a community by reducing the level of service that our customers both expect and need.”

Poe also said an upcoming renters’ rights ordinance will have the most significant and positive impact on electric bills.

Earlier in the year, it was suggested that GRU and the City Hall side of government would share the $12 million deficit. GRU had refinanced its debt, adding $114 million in new debt, to make up most of the deficit.

After Wednesday’s meeting, it was clear that property owners and GRU customers will be forced to make up the difference with increases in their property taxes and utility bills.

The utility’s general manager, Ed Bielarski, asked the city to cut about $3 million from the general fund transfer — money that moves from GRU to City Hall to pay for various services. The GFT currently sits around $38 million and typically grows about 1.5% each year. GRU had initially requested commissioners lower the GFT by $6 million, instead of increasing it, so customers weren’t impacted as much. In the end, commissioners kept the GFT flat, resulting in a higher electric rate increase.

Bielarski estimates the increases, for those who use 1,000 kWh, will make customer’s electric bills go up 4.25% and about 2.5% on the overall bill.

“I know for some people that’s difficult for them,” Bielarski said. “But it is something that the utility needs to maintain its fleet of assets and to keep its financial strength intact.”

In April, the utility had the third-highest residential bills and by far the highest commercial bills in the state.

GRU customers also will see increases for other utility services.

Gas rates will increase 0.57%, water 0.44% and wastewater 0.42% to make up for employee raises previously approved by the commission last month. In April, GRU had also increased its fuel adjustment charge by $3.50 per 1,000 kWh.

Commissioners also agreed to increase the fire assessment fee by up to 32% percent to make up for rising costs. The proposed increase was initially $11.

If approved in July, the city will charge $133 per fire protection unit.

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  • Ivo Rabell In April, the utility had the third-highest residential bills and by far the highest commercial bills in the state.Together with the upcoming “renters right ordinance” The left/progressive city commissioners are slowly turning Gainesville into a small city shit-hole just like the left/progressive commissioners have done in San Francisco. L.A., Seattle, Portland, etc.
  • Richard Giambrone The city under the guise of “renters rights” will further alienate owners from thieir investments. I’ve been in the business a lot of years and I remember way back somewhere in the late 70’s or early 80’s many of us went to a commission meeting concerning our properties. The point is this city has had over a 40 year history of scapegoaing and landlord abuse without ever acknowledging the befenits landlords do for the this tiny back water( read soon to be Shole) municipality. The fees we pay to the city far surpass any expense created from absentee ownership.Recently they suspended the prison labor cotract which was a great savings due to the low wage paid for that service. In place of that program they hired “x” number of full time employees to do what the prisoners did. Meanwhile they pat themselves on the back and loudly and proudly proclaim “look at the jobs WE created” All they did was raise the expenses. UNTIL THE LEADERS OF THIS COMMUNITY STOP SEEING CITY GOVERNMENT AS GIANT MAKEWORK PROGRAM WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE RED INK.

    Link to post and comments on Facebook.

The Arrogance of the Green New Deal

Kids Who Confronted Dianne Feinstein Will Be Republicans in 13 Years

Facebook/Sunshine Movement Screenshot

by John Nolte

It’s a bit premature, but I’d like to be the first to welcome to the Republican Party those Sunrise Movement kids who confronted Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about the Green New Deal.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the world’s enviro-loons and that 12-year doomsday deadline, which I am most grateful for. For a while, it seemed as though The-Weather-Fascists-Who-Want-to-Control-My-Life had smartened up, had figured out that deadlines that sound like a Syfy Channel movie — 2149: DoomsDayaSharkaGeddon — were a much smarter way to go.

You see, by pushing the Doom Deadline out to 2149, there is no way for an enviro-liar to look foolish because we’ll all die of old age before we can point and laugh at yet another false prediction.

But a 12-year deadline?

Oh. Hell. Yes.

And please do continue to make that 12-year deadline as famous as you can.

Thank you, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)!

Thank you, lunatic Sunrise Movement!

Thank you for doing your part to create more and more climate skeptics, more and more Republicans, more and more reasonable people who will soon see through your tired-ass lies.

Not every one of the kids in the video below will see the light in 13 years. But sometime during the year 2032, a few of them will be living in their mothers’ basements enjoying virtual reality porn when it hits them: the VR goggles will fly off, a rubber woman will hit the floor, and a cry will go up: “Hey, I got hoaxed!”

#RedforEd: Socialists Organizing Teachers to Turn Purple States Blue by 2020

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by Michael Patrick Leahy

A well-funded and subversive leftist movement of teachers in the United States threatens to tilt the political balance nationwide in the direction of Democrats across the country as Republicans barely hang on in key states that they need to hold for President Donald Trump to win re-election and for Republicans to have a shot at retaking the House and holding onto their Senate majority.

This teachers union effort, called #RedforEd, has its roots in the very same socialism that President Trump vowed in his 2019 State of the Union address to stop, and it began in its current form in early 2018 in a far-flung corner of the country before spreading nationally. Its stated goals–higher teacher pay and better education conditions–are overshadowed by a more malevolent political agenda: a leftist Democrat uprising designed to flip purple or red states to blue, using the might of a significant part of the education system as its lever.

The movement takes its name from a political organizing tool first seen in Florida in 2010, when teachers union members wore red to express political opposition to public school reform proposals under consideration at that time in the state and encouraged parents and political activists from other unions to join them.

Here, for the first time, Breitbart News pulls the mask back from what #RedforEd really is, who is behind the movement, and what its true objectives are, in a full examination of exactly who these people influencing the teachers of America’s kids are and what their goals–particularly their political objectives–really are. Read the full article HERE.

Read more articles about the radical left wing #REDFORED.

 

 

Bernie is In

…and the Bernouts for Bernie couldn’t be happier.

Omar, Northam, Tlaib, Joy Reid, and Farrakhan Define the Democrat Party of Hate

by John Nolte:

The Democrat Party is now defined by Ilhan Omar, Ralph Northam, Rashida Tlaib, Joy Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, and Louis Farrakhan. The Democrat Party is now the Party of Hate.

Let’s start with what’s happening in Virginia. Ralph Northam, the sitting Democrat governor, and Mark Herring, the sitting Democrat attorney general, have both admitted to putting on blackface as adults. Young adults, but adults nonetheless. They are both white, they are both still in power, and they will remain in power.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA), a black man, is systematically having his life, career, and reputation dismantled over two very serious sexual assault allegations, but all of this is happening to him before there has been any due process, before there has been an investigation.

So the two white Democrats guilty of parading around in blackface sit pretty while the black guy, who denies any wrongdoing and who has not had the benefit of anything resembling due process, is being hung out to dry. Read the rest of this article ar breitbart.com.

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