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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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The middle east is funding a wave of terrorists embedded among the "invaders" from Honduras at the Mexican border. Here are researched details from Cheri Berens, who is an American who lives in the middle east. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced $595-million (cdn) in taxpayer funds will be given to "trusted" media, which means those that only write good stuff about him before next year's elections. Should Trump do the same to flip the US media to the conservative side? Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Wunderbar - the newly elected Lake County, FL Court Clerk, Gary Cooney, has Appointed a new, QUALIFIED, Inspector General, Terri Freeman. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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NASA finally has agreed with John L. Casey, author of Cold Sun and also Dark Winter, that the lack of sunspots will SOON result in a deep cold cycle in Earth, not global warming. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County, FL School District Board had a Nov. 5, 2018 workshop on internal audit and district policy matters. This is an overview of the meeting with comments by editor Vance Jochim and also Jim Krakowski. It included a link to the meeting video. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
Tavares, FL Nov. 5, 2018 The Daily Commercial wrote about how Lake County Commissioner Wendy Breeden wants to put off badly needed impact fees. The article is wrong, the meeting is not at 5pm, but is the normal time of 9am according to the County meetings and agenda page. They rarely have ever had evening meetings. The impact fees are covered in tab 23 of the agenda, found on the County website. Here are my comments Wendy Breeden is a great Commissioner, but she is affiliated with the local homebuilders, and they fight impact fees tooth and nail that would pay for expanding roads to meet volume created by new construction. The result is that neighborhoods using County feeder roads are rising up, mad as hell, because of traffic jams and poor maintenance. Property owners have risen up about planned growth on Shirley Shores Road near Tavares. They have complained at the Tavares City Council about development approvals on Dead River Road. They are aggravated over connector roads to the Villages. And residents have risen up about Clermont approval for a Charter School on a two lane road with bad access points and no commitment to improve the road. Even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
The Fruitland Park, FL City Council had two required annual budget and millage hearings which resulted in many complaints from new residents of The Villages within City Boundaries. This contains an overview of issues and links to videos of the two meetings. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Oct. 26, 2018 A shorter version of this opinion commentary by Vance Jochim was also posted on CityGrader.com. Updated Oct. 27, 2018 with more facts. The opinions in this commentary are all my own, based upon observations at meetings and my research. Will Eustis, FL, controlled by liberal or RINO (Republican in Name Only) City Council members, become the first Sanctuary City in Lake County, FL? As an active Republican and fiscal watchdog blogger in Lake County, FL, I rate this City a C due to the Democrat or liberal sympathizers on the City Council. I live in nearby Tavares and the contrast of "vision" is quite strong. The City staff are quite competent, and the historic ambiance is great, but the elected leaders with a liberal bias are not helpful. I am a watchdog blogger in Lake County, and have been monitoring Eustis politics for years. They keep electing liberal or do nothing Council members under the cover of "non-partisan" elections, leading to disputes with residents. Under the right circumstances, they could become Lake County's first Sanctuary City. City Elections for City Council candidates are now in progress for the Nov. 6, 2018 elections. The positions are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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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 in Obama-Era Offshore Drilling Regulations U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 52 People and Entities for Abuse and Corruption Individual Mandate of Obamacare REPEALED Senate Passes Historic Sweeping Tax Reform Climate Change REMOVED from 'Threat List' Trump Admin is a Deregulation Machine: Eliminating 22:1 Trump signs $700 billion defense bill, gives troops... 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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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 rebellion movement called #FixOurDamnRoads" and collected over 150,000 signatures provided to the Secretary of State. They demand the roads be fixed WITHOUT ANY TAX INCREASES Perhaps we need such a #FixOurDamnRoads program for Lake County. If you see a Lake Country traffic jam or bad road problems, take a picture... 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 Detzner is making it difficult for counties to effectively use the money. The state is requiring counties to submit a plan by July 18, and insisting that any money that is unspent after this election cycle must be returned to the state.28 Recommendation: � The Secretary of State’s office should... 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 that the LJRWMD is a multi-county regional system where Board members are appointed by the Governor (not elected) and Lake County has NOT had a representative on their board since the 1970's. Two insiders told me it was because high political contributors got the positions and apparently no one in... 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 District Board needs to pick a side in this controversy and distance themselves from this indoctrination by clearly rejecting this concept of the State superceding parents, stating so in their mission statement, class blueprints and instructions to teachers. By doing so, and implementing transparency in policies prohibiting political bias in... 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 as well as an earlier project, and it seems there are no standards for approvals, even if the Comprehensive Land Use plan or other rules set restrictions. But now the City Council and their "flexible" City Attorney has run up against five organized neighborhood groups in the Squirrel Point /... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers