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Lakeshore Hosp Auth Gov Appointed Bd to Decide Whether to Clobber Columbia County, Again

55.9% tax hike on the table

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Tonight, at the million plus dollar ADA challenged headquarters of the Lakeshore Hospital Authority, the Governor appointed Board, which includes Representative Elizabeth Porter's Chief Legislative Aid and past Board Chair Koby Adams, will decide how deep they want to reach into pockets of the citizens and business of Columbia County when they will chose from three tax rates.

As of 5 a.m. this morning, missing from the Authority website, which is under the control of the iron fisted Authority Manager Jackson P "Jack" Berry, are the three budgets from which the Board is going to choose.

Also missing are the minutes from the last budget hearing which would have given the public some idea of the Board's plans.

Tonight is the last night for photos of this Governor Scott appointed board in action. The unanimously approved Board ban goes into effect on October 1st.

The Lakeshore Hospital Authority, a creature of the Florida Legislature, is floating on a sea of cash. At the first budget hearing, after peaking into a pack of papers, Authority Manager Berry said the Authority has $7,000,000 in the bank.

Former Board Chair Koby Adams was absent from the first budget hearing and is expected to be in attendance tonight.

Mr. Adams was recently reappointed to the Board by Governor Scott and was the Board Chair that removed by executive fiat the public's right to make comments and ask extemporaneous questions at Authority Board meetings.

Recent Scott reappointment and new Board Chair, Dr. Waseem Khan, continued the prohibition of public comment and came out in favor of the higher tax rate during the first budget hearing.

Columbia County's residents and businesses have recently been clobbered by the County 5's excessive 2014 fire and trash assessments.

Tonight, at sometime after 5:15 p.m., the answerable to nobody Governor appointed Lakeshore Hosp Auth Board will decided whether to clobber the folks in Columbia County, again.

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