Scare Tactics

bq.We’d be closing libraries. That’s what we’re talking about here. – “Carl Cool”:http://www.newssun.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=3&ArticleID=2991 When I wrote about the “library funding(Florida Library Funding)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2007/04/20/florida last week, I had no thought that they could possibly get worse. But that is the reality if the plan by our new governor were to go into effect.
bq.Crist told residents that help would come this year and said warnings from local government that essential services would be cut were just “scare tactics.” Counties, he said, must spend more responsibly. – “Dianna Cahn(Palm Beach County told to brace for $75 million in budget cuts)”:http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pbudget27apr27,0,4928209.story?coll=sfla-news-palm Of course, not everyone is going to agree with me.
bq.Dont fall for the scare tactics when the counties say services will collapse. They said the same thing in California for prop 13 and it didnt happen. In California, property taxes are based on a max of 1 percent of the assessed value. In Florida it is up to 2.8 percent. We should do the same. Most county spending is padded with top heavy pay for their consultants and high brass. Plus waste is epidemic. They need to tighten their belts like everyone else does facing leaner times. – “wacahootaman”:http://www.city-data.com/forum/florida/41500-crist-proposes-huge-tax-cut.html I guess I can hope that the Governor and his supporter are correct and everyone else is just engaged in scare tactics, but I am not quite as confident. Oh, and the first quote above, the one that refers to libraries… those are actually the libraries in which I just happen to work.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.