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Vance Jochim
Tavares, FL
18 years as Certified Internal Auditor and Anti-Corruption specialist plus acted as US advisor helping set up Iraqi Anti-Corruption agency.
Interests: FiscalRangers.com is a watchdog blog on local Lake County, FL government agencies. This blog was started in 2006. My blog interests are fiscal & business controls in local government agencies and anti-corruption efforts in countries. Until 2011, I wrote another blog on worldwide anti-corruption programs, especially regarding Iraq, which is here: http://webworks.typepad.com/corruption_in_iraq/ You can see pictures from my 2004-2006 visit to Iraq as an anti-corruption adviser here: http://webworks.typepad.com/photos/iraq_photos_2004_06/index.html I am listed on LinkedIn for more details.
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This links to a video of the six candidates running for the City Council for Howey-in-the-Hills, FL on the Nov. 6th ballot. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Howey-in-the-Hills, FL Sept. 29, 2018 The Howey-in-the-Hills, FL City Council approved their 2018-2019 millage rate at 9.275, on Sept. 24, 2018. It is the highest property tax millage rate in Lake County, FL of 14 cities due to lack of a commercial or industrial tax base. They also approved a budget of $2.7-million, which is one of the smallest city budgets in Lake County, with only 600 homes. See our meeting video at https://youtu.be/CVmzWHuGt1U . This video covers the short discussion and approval of the millage and budget, followed by the routine City business agenda. Video by Vance Jochim, of the fiscal watchdog blog FiscalRangers.com. Short link to the meeting video: https://youtu.be/CVmzWHuGt1U Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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President Donald J. Trump's Accomplishments List: Government Trump has our soldiers remains returned home from Korean War Trump signs Right to Try drug bill US Embassy moved to Jerusalem by President Donald J Trump Trump secures release of American Prisoners from North Korea Trump Negotiates Peace between North and South Korea Trump Signs Order Calling for Work Requirements for Welfare Programs HISTORIC: Trump Nominates First Woman for Head of CIA Feds collect record taxes in first month under Trump’s tax cuts; runs surplus in January Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal - MILITARY FUNDED Trump proposes biggest civil service change in 40 years - 'Hire the best and fire the worst' Trump signs bipartisan bill to combat synthetic opioids Trump Shrinks Federal Bureaucracy by 16000 President Trump set a record for lifetime appointed judges in 2017 Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017 Trump Administration Set to Roll Back $900 Million... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Project Veritas uncovered on video a FEDERAL GAO staffer and card-carrying member of the Democrat Socialists of America (DSA) admitting he works to destroy capitalism using work time. As a retired internal audit manager this makes me really angry so I submitted this video link and other information to Trey Gowdy's US House Oversight & Reform Committee and asked for a public investigation. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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To make Publix shopping easier, I created a floor map of goods and their aisle locations to use for shopping. This Excel version is for the Tavares, FL Publix at HWY 19 and CR 561. Download it, and create your own version for your local grocery store and shopping preferences. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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This is the FiscalRangers.com watchdog blog's conservative voter guide for Lake County, FL for the August 28 and Nov. 6 ballots. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Fed up with bad roads or traffic jams in Lake County or your city while officials spend mega-millions on: - new buildings, - splash parks, - interest payments to pay for non-infrastructure projects, - bike trails, - brick roads, - huge benefit increases including massive retiree benefits, - employee raises costing more than the cost of living, - staff time on private projects like Wellness Way, - "lifestyle" projects, - spending on downtown city projects more than road repairs, - social welfare programs, - free buses that lose money on every trip, - police radios ($18-million), - bureaucratic "required" studies, - huge parks, - trails, - lawsuits, - events and - local charities? Instead of cutting back on those, the Lake County Board (and cities) plan to hike your fuel taxes (it is coming). Everything else, it seems, is a priority over roads. In Colorado, citizens have formed a tax... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Florida is one of the "most vulnerable" states to voter hacking, according to a new report just published by the Democrat led U.S. House Administration Committee. We hope that County Elections Supervisors like Alan Hays in Lake County, FL are paying attention to this. Here is the link to the actual report. Florida is a "Tier 2" state, which is defined as: "States that have significant election security vulnerabilities but may not be planning on using federal assistance to address their biggest vulnerabilities." Here is what the report says about Florida: "FLORIDA Current Vulnerabilities: � Florida is using some voting machines that do not have a paper trail.27 � Florida does not mandate post-election audits. � The state does not require newly purchased voting machines to meet federal guidelines. Security Plan: � While Florida has requested the $19.2 million in EAC funds available to the state, Secretary of State Ken... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL July 17, 2018 Kelli Stargel is running for re-election to FL Senate Dist. 22 - Minneola and south of Lake County, FL. We uploaded a 70 minute video of "Coffee with the Candidates" with her at the Lake County, FL Republican HQ on June 22. Florida political junkies will like the details she shares on various legislative topics. https://youtu.be/5OLLE30sjQ0 Vance Jochim Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL July 10, 2018 Today, I was at the Lake County Board meeting, and tab 39 was a big discussion about whether the St. John's River Water Management District would be allowed to start moving sand from a conservation area they own in Lake County resulting an estimated 330,000 truck trips over 5 years or 200-250 truckloads a day on two minor road used by residents. After many public comments by affected residents, the Board voted to decide on an ordinance at a future meeting that would NOT allow trucks over 10 tons to traverse either of the two rural roads which are not designed for such heavy traffic. Lots of cheering. This whole fiasco came up because the SJRWMD Board decided to authorize selling the sand to make $1.4-million while (according to residents) decimating wildlife, quiet, road safety, etc. I gave public input about the little known fact... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Congress members plan to propose several bills to reduce excess restrictions on development caused by the Endangered Species Act. We also include a link to a Heritage Foundation report showing many ESA "progress" reports in inaccurate. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Lake County, FL Fiscal Watchdog blogger Vance Jochim has filed to run for the "At Large" seat on the Lake County Water Authority Board (LCWA). Jochim has written the local Fiscal Watchdog blog, FiscalRangers.com for 12 years. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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At the last moment, a new candidate filed to run for Lake County, FL Court Clerk vs a favored insider who was named by the retiring Court Clerk AFTER potential candidates could collect and submit petition cards to qualify for the ballot. Instead, the new candidate will have to pay over $8000 in fees to qualify. We tell you all about it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
Thanks for the note. I approved it for publishing. You can find how to complain to the FL Division responsible for Mobile homes here. The Florida Statute 723 supercedes local law, which means no local agency can help you. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0723/0723ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2018&Title=-%3E2018-%3EChapter%20723 You can go to the FL agency responsible for enforcing Chapter 723 here and file a complaint. http://myfloridalicense.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2220/~/division-of-florida-condominiums%2C-timeshares%2C-and-mobile-homes However, you need to read their rules and may see that mobile home owners have a lot of leeway, or they are ignoring some of the strict rules. Then, if that agency does nothing, complain to your local STATE Representative AND Senator. That is the problem. The Chapter 723 was a great improvement over no laws years ago, but there are loopholes for unethical mobile home park owners to take advantage of. Keep me posted on what happens if you decide to complain. By the way, in the past, complaint info was automatically given to the mobile home PARK owner and is not confidential, so the park owner may seek revenge. In my local case, he was an attorney and called the complainers and threaten to sue them, which forced them to be quiet. You really have to raise hell with the State Rep or Senator. Vance Jochim FiscalRangers@gmail.com
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Tavares, FL Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 Hillary's quote in this meme clearly indicates one of the problems with the liberals, Democrats and unions who support them. They believe that "the state" or government, should be more important in development of children than parental and family values. Their attitude that government is always more right than parents is scary, and is one of the concepts woven into K-12 textbooks, college teacher training, and "reading materials" used to support class topics. Suggested reading materials cited by the original, liberal created Common Core initiative included many sections preaching this idea of the State taking precedence over parents. This can be one cause for students to be rebeling more because they may have been indoctrinated that parental opinions are not important. Recently a grandparent filed a complaint with the Lake County school district about a book containing objectionable statements. The Lake County School... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Traffic and road conditions are getting worse in Lake County. We talk about some of the issues, and how some more funding may be on the way if the Lake County Board starts the process to increase road impact fees on new construction. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Consumer Alert: Don't buy a new or used Chromebook without reading how they STOP support after 5 years of first manufacture date. Caveat Emptor Chromebooks. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL May 16, 2018 Today, at 4pm, Will the Tavares City Council vote to approve a high density development near Deer Island opposed by most local residents, or will they decide something better is possible and approve a design from the neighbors that fits the community, or reject the development entirely for a better proposal from other buyers? And, that isn't the only developer proposal on today's agenda. Another 100+ unit "stack and pack" high density development on Dead River Road is also up for approval, and is also opposed by their neighbors due to the high density and traffic impact on a single two land County road where residents say they have to wait for up to five lights to get through the intersection of Dead River Road and Highway 19. I have observed both Plannning & Zoning meetings and City Council discussions on these two developer proposals... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
Tavares, FL May 3, 2018 Rich Swier writes a good overview of the funding crisis hitting schools and Sheriffs over the Parkland FL legislation requiring school resource officers in every school. VJ Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
Tavares, FL May 3, 2018 MRC, a conservative rights group founded by Brent Bozell and Col. Allen West, has published a demand signed by 64 conservative leaders that social media firms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube modify policies to balance liberal media bias. The four policies they emphasize are: 1) Provide Transparency: We need detailed information so everyone can see if liberal groups and users are being treated the same as those on the right. Social media companies operate in a black-box environment, only releasing anecdotes about reports on content and users when they think it necessary. This needs to change. The companies need to design open systems so that they can be held accountable, while giving weight to privacy concerns. 2) Provide Clarity on ‘Hate Speech’: “Hate speech” is a common concern among social media companies, but no two firms define it the same way. Their definitions are vague... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
Tavares, FL Apr. 28, 2018 President Trump has signed an Exec Order to get the Feds out of education after a 300 day review. This means more latitude to reverse Obama era damage in local school districts (assuming the State allows them). Liberal press are saying it doesn't do anything, but below "is the rest of the story" - just wait after the in depth review. References: Remarks by Trump at White House signing of the EO: "The executive order I’m signing today is another critical step to restoring local control, which is so important. This executive order directs Secretary DeVos to review current federal regulations and ensure that they don’t obstruct the ability of states, local governments, teachers, and most importantly, parents, to make the best decisions for their students and, in many cases, for their children. Previous administrations have wrongfully forced states and schools to comply with federal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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This post describes and links to a March 15, 2018 video of an overview of the "Performance Matters" academic tracking dashboard software just implemented at the Lake County, FL School District. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Florida public schools migrated to Common Core several years ago and embedded many liberal, biased concepts. Now charter school and home school funding is easier and parents have reasons to move their students to values based schools or teaching. This will continue to happen unless Florida School Districts change their written missions, teaching practices and learning materials to those supporting conservative values, not liberal, biases derived from the Obama Common Core standards. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Teams of 50+ activists and Florida parents spent most of 2017 reviewing K-12 Florida textbooks in subjects like social studies and history to identify excess liberal or Islamic religious bias. We obtained their Oct. 2017 Interim Report of "Objectionable Materials" which is discussed below. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Mar. 11, 2018 I uploaded a video to YouTube of the Tavares, FL City Council meeting held on March 7, 2018 which is HERE: https://youtu.be/AWMAe7TYQC0. The agenda location is on the 2nd slide. Length is 1 hr, 17 min. The short link to THIS blog page is: https://tinyurl.com/TavaresFLMarch7 I have decided to write some comments about the actions seen in this meeting video which are below. Tab 7 - Annexation and Rezoning related to Shirley Shores Road / Hidden River Lakes proposed 222 acre development. THIS WAS POSTPONED DUE TO IMPROPER NOTIFICATION OF THE PUBLIC BY THE DEVELOPER'S REPRESENTATIVES. See overview starting at 3:55 on the video then more later. Probably at least 60 neighbors were there for this issue and for the 3rd or 4th time, the procedures were botched, so the issue was postponed to a future meeting. Apparently the developer representatives must follow certain steps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers