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    Consolidation

    Thats because the city doesn't provide all the services the county does, and defers to them for that. Services such as schools, tax collection, county roads, libraries, are handled by the county. If you live in City of Orlando, you pay: - 4.4347 County Tax - 4.2220 State School Tax - 3.2480 Orange County School District - 0.3748 Orange County Library - 0.2724 Water Management District (St Johns for this example) - 6.6500 City of Orlando Tax Total: 19.2019 If you live in UNINCORPORATED ORANGE COUNTY you pay: - 4.4347 County Tax - 4.2220 State School Tax - 3.2480 Orange County School District - 0.3748 Orange County Library - 0.2724 Water Management District (St Johns for this example) - 4.048 Unincorporated Orange County tax (covers county fire/EMS/other county services not available in city limits) Total: 16.5999 In county you pay less because Unincorporated Orange County services are cheaper then City of Orlando Services. Lets say you live in Windemere, you pay: - 4.4347 County Tax - 4.2220 State School Tax - 3.2480 Orange County School District - 0.3748 Orange County Library - 0.2724 Water Management District (St Johns for this example) - 3.250 City of Windemere tax Total: 15.8395 So if you live in Unincorporated Orange County and happen to get annexed by the CITY of Windemere, your property tax bill will GO DOWN.
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    Consolidation

    I'd also be anti-consolidation. Competition between governments shows what works and what doesn't work, and the creation of all of the cities and towns throughout the area, with unique visions and culturals. Thats not quite true. If the city's provide services, they're exempt from the county portion of the same service they aren't utilizing. So if a city provides a fire department within their bounds, the residents don't have to pay the county fire tax. If the city is trying to be frugal (creating the services to take advantage of their higher population density) without providing excess services they very well could end up with a lower millage rate. Here's last years millage rates: https://www.ocpafl.org/Content/Dynamic/File.dynamic/FID/404878/ As you can see, Windemere and Apopka have lower millage rates then unincorporated Orange County. Winter Park also has a lower rate then most of unincorporated Orange County. Actually, the highest millage rate is also in Unincorporated Orange County: within the Reedy Creek Improvement District (Disney World). Disney plays quite the game with their property taxes: they have the lowest mill code in the county (City of Lake Buena Vista outside Reedy Creek Improvement District at 14.3453) along with the highest rate of 26.3753, which they utilize to build all of their roads, bridges, etc, I guess building it as a government reduces their liability and might provide some sort of tax advantages by paying a higher tax rate for their realistically private infrastructure.
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    Cool Stuff in Other Cities

    Disney has been working to correct those issues lots of mountains under construction now. And Orlando did get its first volcano last year as well.
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    Just Wow

    Yes, I think people just look at if others of their type are happy here. Looking at places like The Villages and similar retirement communities, the answer is no doubt, of course, yes, there is little as extensive as what we have in Florida anywhere else in the nation. Like everything in life, there is pros and cons that need to be evaluated, and the government taking care of the elderly does have unintended consequence. When the government has it covered, its less likely the family takes care of them, thinking the government and its facilities got it handled, thats what the government is telling them. But usually the families are quite a bit better at it as they care more about the individual and making sure things are good and right for them, so that discouragement can be pretty negative. I personally don't believe any significant number of people are really dying due to a lack of access to healthcare in the state of Florida, at least not in the suburban or urban areas. Our emergency care system takes care of the people regardless of their ability to pay, and there are tons of charity programs even if people can't afford anything at all. Maybe we're overburdening and abusing our emergency rooms with our system, but its not causing people to die anymore than other countries having as part of their systems which treatments are worth it, and for what ages and whatnot. Healthcare access is a finite resource in every country, and there has to be some system to determine how to distribute it.. we don't have a ton of physicians not seeing any patients because they won't get paid for it, quite the opposite. In recent years, every time I talk to anyone, there is waiting lists to see every single reasonable or good doctor with first available appointments frequently months out unless it gets deemed an emergency or otherwise critical.
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    Just Wow

    Its quite simple. Regardless of the lack of government benefits, people still absolutely love the area and the services that are offered, even if they have to pay out of pocket.
  6. Yup, I'm not saying every segment of road needs to be priced just for profitability or to be revenue neutral for that section, but the region/system in general. SR 408 is profitable. The profits are reinvested into SR 429. Technically few companies make money on every single customer and project. Google obviously steals money from advertising/search to pay for all sorts of other services, like Docs and all these services like Wave they've tried and failed with. Even in the physical world, if I buy a car, and its in the shop for warranty service and needs a new engine due to a defect, and its blows out the transmission too, the manufacturer has a good chance of losing money on that sale.
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    Orlando Mayoral Race

    Apparently on the other side of the isle, it seems Ron DeSantis is well on his way to overtaking Adam Putnam as the frontrunner in the race.
  8. Well some highways do make money... here in Orlando, 408 is very profitable, as is Turnpike and a number of other roads. As a "fiscally conservative friend" I am a proponent of setting toll rates and gas tax rates to cover the cost of the roads so we don't have to dip into other tax sources to cover that cost. I think increasing the gas tax to is also a good way to get people to buy more efficient cars and help the environment without requiring all these other regulations to force people to do it against their will. It might even bring things closer to the point where it makes sense for more private businesses to copy Brightline and invest in private transit services. We had a huge boom in intercity private bus services in the last decade or so.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    That just got discussed in the I4 ultimate thread.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Rosen Centre will be expanding into what is currently the Red Roof Inn/Midpointe and Clarion Inn & Suites. Those combined 356 room hotels will be replaced with over 600 new rooms and 150,000 sq ft of additional meeting space. Also Rosen Shingle Creek will add a 16 story 640 room condo tower along with 150,000 new meeting space, and a new parking garage to handle the additional space to help support the convention center expansion.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Universal will be building an expansion to their team member parking garage from 8/10 to 12/15. Thats at least a structure if we're talking parking news lol
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    The Brightline

    Yup, Brightline announced the times for the 5 additional trains going to run every weekday for their service expansion starting August 1st. Will now run later into the night, and have service every hour except for a 2 hour gap midday now (they couldn't just run that one extra train so they could have continuous hourly service?). The trains start their day at 5:30am and end at 12:27am. Weekends remain every other hour, Way better schedule then Sunrail now.
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    The Brightline

    Well privately owned rail organizations have succeeded in the past, just for the past several decade, they have not. Its not hard to see why: the competition is funded by taxes, and they've taken from every revenue source to fund it: property taxes, sales tax, income tax, gas tax, etc, so nobody knows what the roads costs them, and they have to pay for the roads whether they want to use them or some other transit system. Given that, its easy to see why they've all failed. In the past, some of our most successful transit systems were privately owned: NYC subway was originally run by private companies, and from my understanding, after several decades, they wanted to massively expand the system, and to fund it, hike rates, and the NYC government didn't want the rates to be hiked, so they bought it out to prevent the expansion and rate hike.
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    I4 - Beyond the Ultimate [Pre-construction]

    Yes, thats the largest of the 3 parcels...
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    The Brightline

    Lets just use your own source, regarding gibby's claim they are right wing. That very article talks about how they opposed the republican plans in 2017, in 2018 they opposed the steel tariff, even though it positively would affect the Koch Industries as they produce steel in America. And lets go back to the original article, again, they did not say the transit project was bad, just that we simpily needed protections against cost overruns, and laid out a specific plan to build it any have said protections (splitting it into 2 phases, MCO to Disney as the first phase, as most believe that is among the most valuable routes expecting top ridership, many of those people do not drive vehicles or rent cars in the first place). That doesn't sound anti-transit to me, it sounds like they just want fiscal responsibility, as I originally said. And they never came out against Brightline either, since it met the requirements of protecting the taxpayers, which is an important goal. Infact, they've said the California HSR should have been more like Brightline, so it has a chance of getting done, and the costs wouldn't be completely out of control. But then again, people on both the left and right have said that. They've been pro-LGBT rights since before the Democrats started doing that. They typically don't take the right's side on pretty much any social issues at all.