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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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Tavares, FL Wed. Oct 18, 2017 Update: Here is the official press release describing the FEMA assistance office. The article below was corrected to describe the office as an assistance, NOT claims center. Breaking news: FEMA is opening a Hurricane IRMA damage assistance shop, along with SBA in Lake County, FL at the Agriculture Center in Tavares on HWY 19 and Woodlea Road. It starts with a "soft Opening" tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1pm to the evening, then open four more days to provide Hurricane IRMA disaster recovery assistance. This was announced at the Tavares City Council meeting about an hour ago (Wed. Oct. 18, 5:30 pm). I have no other details, so I imagine it will be in the newspapers tomorrow, so if you have damage, plan to determine how they can help. VERIFY this by watching for other notices. http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/ Look for details as I get them... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Oct. 10, 2017 Lake County, FL Conservative Fun Fact - Did you know the Lake County Comprehensive Land Use plan passed in 2010 by a committee that included County Commissioner Sean "Pickpocket" Parks (he voted to increase property taxes 14% two years ago) contains 2588 "SHALL" statements? The committee was filled by liberals who added thousands of mandatory "SHALL" statements raising cost of government and reducing freedom of property owners and taxpayers. An example is the "SHALL" statement that approval for a new residence "SHALL" set aside 40% of the land space for open space. Once these requirements were embedded into the Comp Plan, the professional County staff must address them for permits, land uses, etc. Soon after, two of the liberal Lake County Commissioners were voted out, and Commissioner Campione and others championed rolling back several of the most onerous restrictions set by the liberals. A much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Marion County, FL School District leaders have decided to choose their own textbooks using local committees rather than select from State "approved textbook" lists. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The City Council of Eusits, FL is discussing approval of a resolution supporting Home Rule to be sent to Florida legislators. Conservative activists Ralph Smith and Richard Pettis made a video opposing the Home Rule resolution and are encouraging others to attend the Oct. 5, 2017 City Council meeting and oppose the resolution. This should be good. See you there Oct. 5 at 6pm. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Sept. 26, 2017 President Trump just signed new Presidential Memo to the Education Secretary on STEM and need for coders in K-12. LCSD has consistently ignored need for code training, only focusing on robotics. I have brought this up at prior meetings. Yesterday's White House Press Briefing by Sarah Sanders mentioned this and the lack of code training in K-12, which results in importing foreign coders. There are many more jobs in coding than there are in robotics. Notice Trump focuses on needed JOB training for high paying jobs, thus doesn't discuss the politically correct "STEAM" that includes Arts. "Today, too many of our Nation's K-12 and post-secondary students lack access to high-quality STEM education, and thus are at risk of being shut out from some of the most attractive job options in the growing United States economy. Courses in Computer Science are especially scarce in too many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Sept 20, 2017 Post meeting updates for both meetings were added at the end of each section at 8pm on Sept. 20, 2017. Can any Lake County, FL resident who built a "dream home" in rural or lakefront Lake County feel safe from being annexed by a nearby city with higher taxes and high density planned development over their back fence? Today are two meetings affecting future living styles of retirees in rural Lake County residences. Two different cities are trying to annex different land areas that County rural residents don't want to happen. They don't want the taxes, or they don't want the planned nearby development that conflicts with the existing land uses. (Note: I will post updates on these meetings below each section after they take place today.) 1. The Tavares City Council meets today, Sept. 20, 2017 at 4pm to review and approve two ordinances... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Orlando Sentinel is mis-representing the true cost of a home delivery subscription. They publicly state it is $3/week or $39 per 13 weeks, but then once you are enrolled, the invoices reduce the issue counts to pay $3.99 each for up to 10 "Premium Issues" per year, which are really advertising inserts. So you may think you are getting a true 13 weeks of issues, but they reduce that issue count to offset the hidden cost of the "Premium Issues". In a year, you are paying about $39.90 more than you knew about from the published prices. And if you used credit card autopay, you probably never know you are getting fewer issues to offset the Premium Issues. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Visit today's Town Hall of the Lake County, FL state legislators to ask for FREE STUFF, or just ask for fiscal Sanity and new or less legislation to improve life and transparency and oversight in Florida and Lake County. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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FiscalRangers.com Consumer WARNING about "Eclipse" glasses to view the upcoming Eclipse. WATCH OUT and do not buy any "Eclipse" glasses except those four brands specified by NASA. Many are counterfeits and not properly certified and could harm the eyesight of the users. Even Amazon is selling counterfeit versions of the brands as described in the "1" review comments. Track down NASA's original recommendation and only buy from the manufacturer website or learn how to ensure your glasses meet the official certification standards. There is a link on this NASA page below to the list of official glasses certified by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that are safe: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety FoxNews also issued a warning about these glasses HERE on July 28. Don't think because you find the manufacturer name on Amazon's website that the glasses are from them. Most likely they can be knockoffs from "sold by" vendors. (Amazon allows a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Liberals keep attempting more regulations on septic tanks, but they don't want to talk about the huge amount of water quality damage done by broke sewer lines and spills harming surface water. In this commentary, septic tank defender Andy Dubois comments about the damage from sewage spills which causes more harm to water supplies than septic tanks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Aug. 2, 2017 Here is our full video of the August 2, 2017 Tavares, FL City Council Meeting Compared to the insane meetings recently at Mt. Dora (firing the City Attorney), Groveland (tried to fire the suspended Finance Director but reached an impasse), and Eustis (3 Council Amigos trying to investigate the residency of a fellow Councilman), the Tavares City Council implemented sanity, world peace, new Warner Bros. Christmas Train events, fancy Christmas lights and initiated an ordinance to allow mini-pigs. The City Police Chief, Stony Lubins, swore in three new police department members, and parents and friends went nuts taking pictures. The Council voted down a proposal to buy and maintain a fallow golf course at Bay Tree Estates, saving existing taxpayers from a most likely boondoggle. Staff created a WELL researched guide on the dubious future of golf courses and the City Council listened. The City... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Less affluent county school districts like the Lake County, FL School District receive less for schools than they pay in Florida collected education property taxes. This explains the problem and what to do about it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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This is a recap of all the upcoming political events in Lake County the week of July 31, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The liberal controlled Eustis, FL City Council keeps digging holes of controversy, including a new one where three Council members voted to engage lawyers costing $320-$450 per hour to investigate another City Council member. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County, FL School District Board needs to mandate that administrators and external speakers provide all attachments and Powerpoints for agenda items at least 3-workdays before Board meetings for attachment to online agendas. That is needed so the Board and the public have time to read and digest presentations and develope questions as needed. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
Posted June 13, 2017 - see June 19 update below. I just got this memo below which indicates a plan to setup a charter school in North Tavares, FL. It is from the marketing rep for the big new integrated 1000-home village approved by the Tavares City Council that will be north of Waterman Hospital. They are the very organized Swiss firm that built Avalon Park community in Orlando. I have attended 3 meetings where they presented to the City of Tavares including their open house and sales office in downtown Tavares. I am guessing they plan to build this K-8 school within their development right by the hospital and use it as a draw for home buyers. They are a very organized firm like I saw in Southern California when I lived there. Their website is: http://www.avalonparkgroup.com/development-portfolio/ Here is their press release about the Tavares project which will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County School District met today to discuss how to compete with charter schools while funding will be static for at least three years. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Eustis, FL May 16, 2017 Staff leaders from Eustis, Mount Dora and Lake County met in Eustis on May 15, 2017 to discuss a Eustis ISBA (Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement) proposal to greatly expand their city by annexing several retirement communities east of Mount Dora that don't want to be annexed (or pay higher Eustis property taxes). A full video of this two hour meeting is HERE. There was standing room only with sparks flying when County residents gave public input. The County and Mount Dora got the revised proposal late from Eustis, so would not make any decisions because their attorneys did not have time to analyze it. As it was, the apparent direction from the County Board to the County Manager David Heath is they did not think it appropriate. The Eustis City Manager Ron Neibert was the proponent of the expansion to annex communities about 8 miles... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The credible watchdog group Truth in Accounting just published their ratings of different state fiscal management ratings and Florida got a C. One deceitful practice used by Florida is to promise government employees big health insurance benefits, currently totaling over $9-billion, but NOT FUNDING it at all. Thus future taxpayers will inherit the bill for these unfunded benefits. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The May 3, 2017 Tavares, FL City Council meeting had several interesting segments, so THIS is a GOOD VIDEO to watch to understand Tavares City Council activities. Click "SHOW MORE" to read more details below. You can also get the agenda and attachments at this link: http://www.tavares.org/archive.aspx The agenda topics included these topics: Tab 3: Report by the owner of Jones Brothers Seaplanes about how business has expanded in the Seaplane City. Tab 4: A presentation about how the franchise chain "Firehouse Subs" funded $30,000 of safety equipment for the Tavares, FL Fire Dept. Specifically, they provided three high tech pieces of gear for removing crushed parts of auto accidents to get at passengers who are trapped. The gear is from Hurst, the make of performance automotive equipment, who is widely known for Hurst transmission shifters. Representatives from the national headquarters as well as the local franchise presented the equipment,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Is John Michael Chambers, the author of a book about Trump, actually a financial services promoter who gives promotion presentations to Tea Party and Conservative groups? Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Florida Huckster State Case #33 A Florida Commuter Rail Contract for $500+million was awarded using possible Crony Capitalism and Bid Manipulation politics There just seem to be weak standards for ethical contract selections procedures in Huckster Florida, especially in independent agencies in Florida. In this case, the deciding agency, the South Florida Regional Transit Authority (SFRTA - aka Tri-Rail) is also partially funded with Florida taxpayer funds. Suspicious methods were used to award a $500+million contract to a company whose bids were much higher than other competitive bidders who were deemed "ineligible". AND, back in 2011, SFRTA was tied up on a lawsuit over another $100-million contract dispute. Politico.com - Jan. 26, 2017 - " The winner of the South Florida Regional Transit Authority (SFRTA) contract operates Tri-Rail, a commuter rail service that runs on 70.9 miles of track between Jupiter and downtown Miami. The contract could be up a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL March 13, 2017 The Trump Team is expected to reduce Refugee Resettlement programs in the US in addition to the recent 90 day moratorium. When liberals whine that there is little cost to the program, you might remember this article about the State of Tennesee suing the Feds due to the excess costs absorbed by State taxpayers. Several states have withdrawn from administering the programs, but the Feds can designate a major charity to run the programs in the States. Apparently, the State's still have to PAY to run the programs and for welfare costs, so nothing really changes except the employees are not State employees. So Tennesee is now suing the Federal government, using a well known pro-bono conservative law center, Thomas More Law Center, claiming the forcing of refugees and costs on to the State taxpayers violates the 10th Amendment. This article describes all the costs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Karen Jaroch, Florida Regional Coordinator, speaking about the Heritage Action organization, which is a community action spinoff of think tank Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Facebook Hacking and Cloning Overview and Prevention Tips from former IT Auditor Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers