Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday (Not So) Funnies; Volume 36

'Twas the night before elections And all through the town Tempers were flaring Emotions all up and down! I, in my bathrobe With a cat in my lap Had cut off the TV Tired of political crap. When all of a sudden There arose such a noise I peered out of my window Saw Obama and his boys They had come for my wallet They wanted my pay To give to the others Who had not worked a day! He snatched up my money And quick as a wink Jumped back on his bandwagon As I gagged from the stink He then rallied his henchmen Who were pulling his cart I could tell they were out To tear my country apart!" On Fannie, on Freddie,On Biden and Ayers! On Acorn, On Pelosi" He screamed at the pairs! They took off for his cause And as he flew out of sight I heard him laugh at the nation Who wouldn't stand up and fight! So I leave you to think On this one final note- IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!


Anonymous said...

Thus far the poll should have included other, as before. But based on the names included, I would vote for Jay Moreno. I see Sandy Feller is leading, but I would not vote for him if he was the only one running. The guy is 75 years old for godsake. Based on the current financial condition of St. Marys the last thing we need is a Commissioner whose only purpose in life is to fight with Steve Berry. He has lost his focus. He has offended to many. Most importantly he openly supported Bill Smith. This is exactly what we DON'T need in an elected official.

Believe me when I say, out of the listed, I believe Jay Moreno would be the best choice for District 1.

Now on to more pressing issues:

Jay did you read the article in the Tribune & Georgian about the 5.8 million given to Kingsland. Did you see the verbage about the money being collected in capital recovery. I was trying to reiterate to someone what you said previously about the difference between capital recovery and impact fees. Can you please share again the difference between the two. And why one would choose to use capital recovery instead of impact fees.

It would also be good if any of the other contenders have an opinion on this matter. Let the bloggers see the intuition/mental aptitude of all of the candidates.

This race should be based on intelligence, not feelings.

Jay Moreno said...

I started to include "Another choice" in this poll, but I had a strong suspiscion that last time, one of the victims of Ant-Jay Derangement Syndrome, with access to multiple ISP accounts, was repeatedly voting for "Another choice" as a way to queeer the poll.

That may well be going opn to some extent with the votes for Sandy in this poll, though I'm sure that Sandy still has some support. I tend to agree that his obsession with Steve Berry would render him ineffective.

By the way, it's District 4. Rhodes is District 1 (Woodbine.)

Let me go see if I can find that T&G article.

Jay Moreno said...

Capital recovery fees, known legally as "exactions" are extra-legal fees imposed by governemtns, usually on a negotiated, ad hoc, and inequitable basis, on developers to offset the expense of a multitude of infrastructure expenses incident to the new developement.

While specific, set capital recovery fees for say, hooking up a specific home to city water / sewer, or a fee for a city garbage can, are legal, exactions for more broad ranging expenses not related to a specific structure, but the developemthn as a whole, are only legally permissable under the form of impact fees which must be approved by the state after a rather lengthy process.

For a while, if you will recall, St. Marys, Kingsland, and the county were doing it - or attempting to go about collecting exactions ( and calling them negotiated capital recovery fees) illegally, in spite of Sandy Feller having quoted chapter and verse of state law making it illegal.

My understanding is that all three intities now acknowledge that he was right. They all either have or are in the process of fulfilling the strict state requiremtns for enactment of uniform and equitable impact fees.

Essentially, impact fees can be used to offset virtually any infrastructure cost associated with new developemnt imaginable, with one exception: new schools.

A politician would chose to use illegal exactions over legal but more complicated to set up impact fees outy of either ignorance or a desire to be able to buy votes by giving favored developers preferential treatment under ad hoc, negotiated fee schemes.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for such an insighful answer. The person I was trying to explain this to sits on the council, but had no idea what the difference was between the two. If only there was a way to ensure competency in these positions I believe we would be able to pull ourselves out of the ditch.

Based on what you have written the people of Kingsland have to know that this is ILLEGAL. Does the developer have to abide by the rules set up for capital recovery? I understand from the Tribune that they vetoed the approval until they could get the language in place surrounding the capital recovery so that all of the developers of the 15,000 acre tract would have to abide by the same rules.

Again thanks for the research and answer. Hopefully your good deed will benefit those unable to do research. I'm bringing attention to this because if St. Marys had better information I think they would have made wiser decisions. The last thing we need right now is for Kingsland to get caught in the situation St. Marys now faces.