"This is the way forward and unions better get used to it. If public unions do not agree to reasonable haircuts now, they can take larger haircuts in bankruptcy court.
All it takes is for one major city to see the light and there will be a cascade of bankruptcies by cities to get out of onerous public union contracts."
Is this the solution for Lake Worth? Not for the short term it isn't. We have a Commission that is under the spell of city staff. In its wisdom it voted to tax and tax and assess and assess the poor residents who live here in order to build up reserves and pay for a fire pension. As these horrendous, unsustainable Union pensions continue to escalate beyond all reason, it might all end when everyone decides to get the hell out of Dodge.
We are being assessed for a pension so out of whack that it defies any sense and we are forced to pay it by the vast majority of people who have NO pension of their own, some hanging on by a thread. And the firefighters who have 3 pensions don't feel the least bit embarrassed. With the memory of 9/11 on television all weekend, they will never get over themselves. A tax revolt, among other remedies, might be in order.
I would have supported our own fire department in order to contain costs if we all were assessed by square footage and if the assessment/tax would have been eliminated once property values go up to support the expense. The problem with assessments and taxes--they rarely are eliminated or go down, i.e. Solid Waste. Staff will always find a justification to screw you or juggle numbers to convince you that a tax is needed. We as citizens do not have that endless cookie jar. Waste in government is covered up and money moved around, taken from all us schmoes.