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Just in: Governor Scott and Senator Bennett Concerned about Domestic Violence high salaries while shelters are in great need. Tiffany Carr $326000 salary as ceo of a minor non profit with exclusive rights to distribute DCF Domestic Violence funds. Her assistant hauls in a reported $290,000.
Office of Domestic Violence Program Sr Management Analysis Supervisor Renee C. Starrett answered our inquire to Govermor Scott by saying,
"Please be assured that we have evaluated spending by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence including executive staff salaries, and are satisfied that their administrative costs are less than one percent of state contracted funds."
We can't help but wonder if Governor Scott is aware of the answer given about his concerns about apparent salary abuse with State of Florida Funds.
Somehow top employees a small private company are each allowed 1% of the total cost of all shelters of $31,000,000 to distribute the funds! It appears to top state officials that a private company has stepped into the distribution of funds and skims 1% for the top employee and 1% for her assistant, according to Federal Tax 990 filing.
DCF gives funds to a private company and at that point salaries double and tripple the DFC Secretary's annual salary and that of his Deputy. See below.
Below are DCF appropriate salaries for your position as senior management, and other DCF employees. Non profit is not a license to abuse spending of state funds. Perhaps a non profit is too expensive a choice to be involved in the distribution of state funds.
Reasonable Salaries with much greater responsibilities
* DCF Secretary David Wilkins $140,000 annual salary
* Suzanne Vitale Deputy Secretary, 128,000 annual salary
* Senior Management Renee Starrett $70,000 annual salary
One percent would be excellent if Ms Carr's enterprise actually earned the funds or even raised the funds putting on fund raisers. In fact the state of Florida gives her company a fat $32 million check and she gives it out to 42 shelters. Of course that is a simplification but accurate.
A very small staff in a single office could distribute and coordinate this fund Each of the shelters has a director and the extra funds would go directly to the families. $250,000 for the entire staff budget could easily distribute and coordinate the funds distribution of the state funds. That is .0078125 of 1%. The tax payers of Florida will look into this issue. We will poll the shelters and determine if they would rather have Ms. Carr receive the extra $250,000 currently passing to a "wind fall" to Ms Carr. Salaries should be audited in the distribution of state funds creating a more reasonable distribution system for tax payer funds. If the top two salaries exceed $600,000 combined, an audit will likely turn over more excess and waste. If Ms Carr can be paid at this level what other expenses might be excessive. It may be time to take away the exclusive opportunity that has been given to Ms Carr's private company by past legislation.
It seems that Governor Rick Scott and every person we talk with, is concerned about the appparent excessive pay Ms Carr is allowed by DCF, as the head of such a small private organizaton.
Across the state private citizens donate diapers and needed items to these desperately needy families at domestic violence shelters, while the salaries take funds that should go to needy, as the legislature intended and the tax payers of Florida intended. Senators pass $60,000,000,000 budgets but never would consider taking $326,000 salary plus benefits for themselves.
It would appear that the State Funding does not justify spending over $300,000 for a director of a 501 c3. An examination of the tax return 990 shows the combined salary of the top person T. Carr and her assistant tops $600,000.
Apparently Ms Carr has stated that she would not mind if her salary would be cut to a reasonable amount. We think perhaps $70,000 $100,000 might be appropriate for her level job.
We will ask the legislature to introduce competitive bidding into the process of handing out state funds. 1% of legislative funding amounts is not appropriate.
The Senators who appropriated the funds make closer to $30,000.
We will have to look closer. We share Governor Scott's concerns. One group should not control the funding by tax dollars to domestic violence groups around the state.
Heads Up Alert Tax Watch Florida - How much is too much salary when helping families in need. $326,000 seems to have slipped through the cracks every year as private income for small Domestic Violence State dollar hand out company. An additional $290,000 plus goes to assistant director. Non Profit may be in a major profit mode. More Tax Dollars could go to needy families if not skimmed off for apparent excessive salaries. Governor Scott takes a look at the 10 year arrangement to give exclusive rights to a small non profit. This salary seems a bit violent as in excessive taking from the poor and giving to the rich.
Governor Rick Scott, Senator Mike Bennett express shock upon learning about high salaries based on exclusive right to hand out state funds to families in need.Governor Scott expresses concern over high salaries for 501 c3 Domestic Violence Group head.
While many local fund raisers are working to keep diapers on children in Domestic Violence Shelters, and the Legislators in Tallahassee have worked over time to fund shelters state wide, some appear to profit too much helping the poor.
Many in the know are supporting Governor Scott in his concern about excessive salaries supported by tax dollars and apparently skimming away much needed support for county domestic violence shelters. Senator Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton is a strong supporter of Governor Scott.
Senator Alan Hays R-vowed to look into the apparent problem in hopes of solving the seemingly excessive
Department of Families and Children Speak for Private Company high salries.
Contacted by the Governor's office in response to concerns by Tax Watch Florida CEO Don Browning, Ms Renee C. Starrett a senior management analysis for the Department of Family and Children indicated that $300,000 plus salary was actually appropriate in her opinion. Red flags are now popping up around the story first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. Even the Non Profit Quarterly expressed concerns in a story by Ruth McCambridge. Governor Jeb Bush gave exclusive control of the $31,000,000 distributed by the State of Florida to 42 county agencies that provide shelter to Domestic Violence Shelters.
Exec Salary Causes Fla. Governor to Reconsider Domestic Violence Group - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.
Ocala Marion was the start. Then Marion County was dropped below the line as "Marion County Florida" the home of Ocala.
Ocala is now branded as Ocala Sports Center, Ocala EDC, Ocala CC. Ocala CVB, Ocala Library, Marion County has lost the battle.
Citizens gain access. State of Florida rolls out the information red carpet. Governor Rick Scott establishes a Right to Know Web Link.
Just in: Florida Water Management Districts to take a page from Marion County Moto. Doing more with less, is a top priority for Governor Scott and Secretary Herschel Vinland.
New accountability program for the 5 Florida Water Districts is in the works.
Governor Rick Scott and Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning kick off 500 years of Florida History during Florida Heritage Month. Tourist industry braces for Celebration of La Florida 500.
In the time it takes you to read this page, the Federal Government will borrow $50,000,000, mostly from a communist country.
Governor Rick Scott turns down Federal Borrowed Funds. It is up to our 50 state governors, to turn down federally borrowed funds, especially when our largest lender is communist China. We will go to lenders for all types of rediculous spending. Raising taxes is no longer necessary when we can just borrow the money. We are now creating debt that is approaching 100 % of our national GDP.
Remember: $10 trillion of our national debt, has been borrowed by the current leadership federal leadership, Boehner, Pelosi, and Stearns. Let's focus on the facts! It will take 49 other Governors following Governor Rick Scott's lead, to show our congressional leadership how to live without borrowing. Big government not only lives off borrowed funds, but as government grows regulation grows as well, ending our liberty and killing productivity.
Tax Watch Florida has developed a perspective to help understand the National Debt that has been borrowed only during the past 20 years.
20 years ago, our current leadership in congress, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, and Cliff Stearns were new congressmen. During their time in office they have helped vote in borrowing of $10 Trillion Dollars.
Let's agree to borrow a dollar a day, for as long as it takes to borrow half that amount, or $5 Trillion Dollars.
According to scientist the universe started 13.7 Billion years ago. Turning that into days is times 365 days per year, or a bit over 5 trillion days.
So borrowing a $2 dollars a day since time began, with the Big Bang, would allow us to borrow $10 Trillion Dollars. We are borrowing over $1 Trillion Dollars per year. The ship is going down!
Now we have a perspective of how much our current leadership in both parties have borrowed adding to our national debt.
Where were you 20 years ago when our leadership Pelosi, Boehner, and Stearns started borrowing $2 a day since the beginning of time? Every issue that comes up in federal spending must be borrowed, and that is usually from a communist country.
Write in and tell us what you were doing 20 years ago. Let's put this National Debt in perspective and assign the responsibility to our elected officials in the House of Representatives who must propose our national budget.
How good of a Job have they been doing over the last 20 years? Can we afford another 20 years?
I Didn't think So!
Executive Director of TaxWatch Florida
Team Conservation names new Florida Water Czar. Growth is termed "Sprawl" by those who would kill Economic Growth. Keep Government out of Urban Promotion. If people want to live in a city they will. Water District reform is just around the corner as Governor Rick Scott scores big with the Florida Legislature. An example of runaway government excess is the South Florida Water District budget that now exceeds $1,000,000,000. Yes folks you read it right, that is a billion with a Capital "B". Governor Scott takes aim at wasteful government spending. “This board is committed to building a budget that is mindful of today’s challenging economic climate yet accomplishes our mission to benefit the environment and quality of life for 7.5 million South Floridians,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Eric Buermann. Governor Rick Scott will get the final word on the expansion of spending in the Water Districts.
Great living areas such as Del Webb, On Top of The World, and the Villages are labeled as sprawl by the Pro Urban Forces.
Tax Watch Florida endorses Marion County Commission Candidates Carl Zalak and Kathy Bryant with an A+ Fiscal Management Platform rating.
Commissioner Barbara Fitos receives a "D" rating. While often eloquently joining in commission debate, Barbara Fitos has consistently supported the Economic Action Killer, "Springs Protection" ordinances. Misnamed, the ordinances do not protect the springs but due protect polluting utilities, and help grow bigger government. The "ordinances" stop healthy development while protecting polluters of the Aquifer and the Springs. Alachua County Utilities is known for taking the money saving route of dumping processed sewer effluent into the aquifer just up stream from Marion County Springs. The resulting algae is then blamed on development in Marion County.
Carl Zalak Addresses the Veterans at the VFW Retirement Home in Ft McCoy Florida. The Future Marion County Commissioner Carl Zalak receives a A+ rating from Tax Watch Florida for his Community Economic Action platform.
Bob Burton named Florida Water Czar by Team Conservation. More...
Just in: Don Browning fails in race for US Congress District 6. It is time for an Outsider who understands business to help reform Washington insiders but it will not be Don Browning in the 2010 election.
Republicans vote to bring back 11 term Congressman Cliff Stearns. Mounting national debt and a history of funding the Hard Left Liberal Base in District 6 did not seem to matter. Now the 22 year incumbent faces Independent Steve Schonberg amid ethical questions about stock ownership and federal funding by Stearns.
Debt that is out of control calls for the judgement of an experienced businessman.
Spending that is out of control calls for the judgement of an experienced businessman.
Reforming an out of control US Congress is job one, is Don Brownings slogan.
View images from the campaign trail. Winners all, as the process goes on to select our future elected leaders.
Tax Payers win! New Courthouse brought in under budget and on time. Dr. Lee Niblock, Marion County Administrator, stresses motto of doing more with less. New Marion County Chamber of Commerce will help unite the hundreds of thousands County Citizens.
Citizens of Florida turn up the heat on Florida Governmental agencies. Senators Dean, Oelrich and Dockery ask important questions about how Utilities are regulated. Discharge from utilities is often allowed because the Florida Aquifer is so vast. Many in government environmental regulation are saddened by being saddled with old dumping procedures. Blaming the public is becoming less of an option.
FDEP recently came clean about sewer dumping from the Silver Springs Zoo. A consent order has been issued stopping the algae growing practice. As landlord of Silver Springs Attraction, FDEP was taking the blame for pollution discharging into Springs waters.
An example of improvement, is the new People's Water Czar. No cost to the taxpayers, the Water Czar is out to represent ordinary people. Watch out when a government agency says," we must educate the public". Follow the benefits to ordinary folks from the new Florida Water Czar.
The People are ready for less Spin from government agencies. An example of improvement, the effort from Senator Paula Dockery and Senator Charlie Dean. Making state agencies more accountable can come at no cost to the taxpayers. Even the Water Czar is out to represent ordinary people at no cost. Watch out when a government agency says," we must educate the public". Follow the benefits to ordinary folks from the new Florida Water Czar.
Secretary of DEP Mike Sole, "Protecting
Florida’s springs means ensuring that water entering the aquifer is free
Actually, Secretary Sole promotes a Guide Book for Protecting Springs in Florida designed to help amend local Land Use Plans that must be sent to Tallahassee for approval.
Controlling the Florida Growth Economy is the Goal. The Goal should be to identify nitrite dumping and help fix the springs.
Few people know that drinking water can contain up to 10 parts per million of Nitrogen, but in a spring 1 part per million is trouble. DEP uses the ploy of saying the sewer discharge is 10 parts per million when they know that 1 part per million is distroying our springs.
"A manual issued by the Florida Departments of Community
The Spring Protection Elements in the DCA Manual are excellent and would be effective if they applied to Utilities who do 90% of the dumping.
Read the Manual. See the deception of the FDEP springs protection program. Note how the millions spend of tax payers dollars are used to redirect attention away from Utilities.
EPA is helping Florida set standards to get past the old bad management practices. Recently EPA directed that FDEP at least set standards for Nitrate dumping. This will affect utilities. FDEP and Secretary Mike Sole are fighting the order but this editor hopes EPA will win and we will get standards.
Editor: Tax Watch Florida
Tax Watch Florida is the Environmental Blog to help restroe a healthy economy in Florida.
Don Browning Environmental Artist and Author, Editor
Florida Tax Watch is helping Florida Agencies become more appropriate to their mission. Often Government Agencies
go off mission and have a difficult time getting back on track. When complaints are made, often these agencies investigate
themselves. Example: DEP, the Department of Environmental Protection is the land lord of the Silver Springs Attraction
Property in Marion County Florida. DEP is also in charge of Springs Protection for the State of Florida. Complaints
by environmentalist and even the Marion County Commission about pollution at the attraction have been actually defended by
DEP as not significant or too small to be considered important. Dumping of Zoo Sewerage into the Lagoon at the
Silver Springs Attraction covered up as a source for many years, of increased Algae Bloom in Silver Springs. Millions
in Tax Payers funding for Springs Protection is wasted because it is difficult or impossible to get a clear hearing on the
subject. An Agency should never investigate it self, is a principle that is well established in Florida Law. Complaints
about DEP stewardship of Silver Springs are referred to DEP to investigate. It is not difficult to imagine that DEP
does not find the agency or its tenant at fault in polluting Silver Springs. Environmentalist Don Browning
has asked for reform. St Johns River Water Management District also investigates its self to the detriment of the Florida
Tax Payers and the Environment.
Florida Tax Watch is helping Florida Agencies become more appropriate to their mission. Often Government Agencies go off mission and have a difficult time getting back on track. When complaints are made, often these agencies investigate themselves. Example: DEP, the Department of Environmental Protection is the land lord of the Silver Springs Attraction Property in Marion County Florida. DEP is also in charge of Springs Protection for the State of Florida. Complaints by environmentalist and even the Marion County Commission about pollution at the attraction have been actually defended by DEP as not significant or too small to be considered important.
Dumping of Zoo Sewerage into the Lagoon at the Silver Springs Attraction covered up as a source for many years, of increased Algae Bloom in Silver Springs. Millions in Tax Payers funding for Springs Protection is wasted because it is difficult or impossible to get a clear hearing on the subject. An Agency should never investigate it self, is a principle that is well established in Florida Law.
Complaints about DEP stewardship of Silver Springs are referred to DEP to investigate. It is not difficult to imagine that DEP does not find the agency or its tenant at fault in polluting Silver Springs.
Environmentalist Don Browning has asked for reform. St Johns River Water Management District also investigates its self to the detriment of the Florida Tax Payers and the Environment.
No other pollution source even comes close. Regulated dumping into the aquifer is approved and regulated by the FDEP officials who fully understand that the utilities dump 10 times what we find in the springs. No wonder the springs are experiencing increased nutrients.