This blog is dedicated to:
A) improving fiscal oversight, management and operational efficiency of the 1) Lake County, Florida School District, 2) the separate Lake County Government, 3) the North Lake County Hospital District, PLUS 4) the operations of the independently elected Constitutional Officers (Sheriff, Tax Collector, Assessor, County Clerk, etc.) and also
B) Improving fiscal and management effectiveness of other local government agencies and programs spending taxpayer funds.
To read older articles, select them from the categories or archives listings. We also recommend listening to Ralph Smith's Lake County (FL) Round Table radio show every Wed. at 1pm to 2pm on WLBE AM-790.
Welcome to FiscalRangers.com, a fiscal watchdog blog of local government in Lake County, Florida. Our editor, Vance Jochim, is a former corporate and government Internal Audit manager with 20+ years experience. Send an email to FiscalRangers.com with questions or to request to be added or removed from our email list. Please also visit and LIKE our "FiscalRangers" Facebook page.
Lake Countians: There are three important conservative events this week in Lake County, FL / Orlando.
1. Monday evening is the Presidential Debate. Don't miss it starting at 9pm. Avoid all the ads and talking heads by watching it on CSPAN on cable or over the internet.
2. Tuesday evening the Republican Party of Lake County is hosting a forum at 6pm to discuss the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot issue to approve or reject the TEN YEAR renewal of the 1 mill North Lake County Hospital District tax which collects about $10-million a year to subsidize indigent care at both Leesburg and Waternan Hospitals and five clinics. This is the first time in FORTY years that all North Lake taxpayers were allowed to vote on this thanks to a local law change by FL Rep. Larry Metz. The forum will allow the CEO's of the two hospitals to discuss the ballot issue vs Rep. Larry Metz and REC Board member Mark Fisher. I will video it for later upload to my FiscalRangersFlorida YouTube channel. Be there early to get a seat because I expect the hospitals to get many employees and patients there.
3. Wed., the 28th, at 6:30 pm, world famous conservative author Trevor Loudon will be visiting the Greater Orlando Community Action Network in east Orlando at the Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia Dr., Altamonte Springs. He is the author of the book "The Enemies Within" about how Communists have infiltrated the Federal Government. NOW he has a documentary on it, and will give a preview, and you can buy CD's of it (I think). Trevor speaks all over the US and it is rare that he is in Florida, so don't miss this. If you want to carpool from the Tavares area, text me at 352-638-3578.
A Lake County, FL Judge change a hearing date, then turned down a request from Margie Eaton for a recount of votes for Supervisor of Elections due to possible inaccurate and non-updated vote count software. Eaton's supporters showed up at the original time announced and missed the earlier meeting, another indicator of weak credibility of the decision process. See links, videos, read the court Petition, etc in our article.
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Corrupt, Biased, and Dishonest News Media Exposed! Source: Right Side of the Lake Blog, Leesburg, FL This is a great illustration of the importance of transparency and ability for requesting public records and emails of elected officials. However, Ritchie IS a “Columnist” entitled to a bias, just like the Right Side of the Lake, or this blog, but we just don’t always know what Lauren’s bias is. Columnists are not journalists. However, bias does creep into stories posing as “journalism” or “news”.For instance, the Orlando Sentinel AND the Daily Commercial constantly publish biased “Global warming” or “environment news” articles from the Associated Press as “news” on the front page, when they distort known facts about “global warming” and “climate change”. Conclusion:I think this is the pot calling the kettle black. We all know Ritchie is biased, just like this blog and Right Side of the Lake.However the point that her...
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Congressman Dan Webster (FL-Dist 10-R): ALL funding for refugees must stop. Why do you think we had FOUR violent Muslim attacks in the US this last week? It is because Obama has been bringing in violent Jihadists masquerading as “Syrian refugees” and Muslim refugees from other countries. READ this article explaining how a California World Relief refugee contractor said Obama plans to bring in 30,000 (not 10,000 like last year) Syrian Refugees in the year starting Oct. 1, but Obama did not disclose that in funding plan. The staff needs to follow Ann Corcoran’s website https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com to keep up on the dangers of bringing in more refugees. AND, you need to follow the Facebook page of Cheri Nocita Berens who writes the truth about Syria and how Obama is funding ISIS to takeover Syria: https://www.facebook.com/cherinocita.sperryberens AND, here is info on Congressman Babin’s bill, HR3314 that needs your support: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3314 Introduced...
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Sept 19, 2016 Cheri Nocita Berens writes fantastic, accurate portrayals of what is REALLY happening in Syria, and how Obama is funding their "opposition" enemies, ISIS, so that ISIS can take over Syria from the existing Assad government which is fighting them (and with Putin's help from Russia). Read this to get up to speed and visit and like and click notifications to get updates at: https://www.facebook.com/cherinocita.sperryberens Cheri Nocita Berens Sept. 19, 2016: For about 3 weeks Facebook blocked me from opening my message box, which resulted in a backlog of messages, well over 100. I have been pecking away at answering them, but over the last few days, due to lies about the “ceasefire” and other media bias, I’ve received another onslaught of additional messages with media reports that people want me to help them dispel. I can’t possibly answer all of your messages, so I’m going to refer...
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Lake County School District's Self-Inflicted Money Woes This article about Lake County School District impact fees is from a blog run by Don Magruder, who runs Romac Lumber in Leesburg. So they and their customers would benefit from reduced impact fees. However, many points are correct, but notice that this article provides no solutions to offset any reductions in impact fees. And, yes, the School District is inefficient, doesn’t track production measurements like a business would, so they make arbitrary decisions without measuring always reporting the true results later on. They also suffer with limited sources of income to build schools. But, they ARE required to provide space for new students from growth, and impact fees is a way to do that. What do you think? Leave a comment. Vance Jochim If the article below is hard to read, go to THIS webpage to read it. From: Citizens For Better...
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Sept. 11, 2011 Another reason to halt inbound Muslims refugees and immigrants. The UK deports them on "budget" airlines, and this one screamed "We will die" and other threats on the airline for two hours flying from the UK to Italy. These people do not belong in a civilized society. I am tired of these constant anti-social behaviors. It is like a teacher being the target of classroom bullies, and the outrageous behaviors need to be rewarded with immediate immigration denial and/or deportation. vj
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Tavares, FL Sept. 8, 2016 Are you a Wells Fargo banking customer? Apparently, many bank employees increased their sales numbers by creating over 2-million fake accounts in customer names to make sales look better, and in some cases customers were billed for bounced checks due to moves of their funds to the fake accounts. Over 5300 employees were fired over recent years for doing this after creating two MILLION phony accounts. The case was uncovered by the City of Los Angeles Attorney's office, and fines were $185-million. So if you are a Wells Fargo customer, check to make sure you were not a victim where bogus credit card accounts, etc were setup in your name, or you were billed for bounced checks due to the employee shifting some of your funds to a fake account. Read this CNN report. Apparently, Wells Fargo must have put high pressure on employees to...
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