Brian Massie, Citizen Journalist
The Alliance for Working Together Foundation received some well earned accolades from the Lake County Commissioners at the November 17, 2022 meeting. Congratulations to Mr. Roger Sustar and Ms. Alyson (Sustar) Scott of Fredon Corporation for providing the needed technical training through their AWT apprenticeship program.
As I was listening to the presentation, I could not help but wonder why the private sector had to make the investment when we have Lakeland Community College receiving $19 million per year from property taxes of overtaxed taxpayers. Their mission is to provide Lake County residents with the needed training to qualify for well-paying jobs, and develop careers that would entice them to stay in Lake County.
The last 30 seconds of the video shows yours truly expressing concerns about Lakeland Community College not meeting the needs of businesses and, specifically, manufacturers. You will notice that all three Commissioners go mute after I expressed my opinion on the matter. Commissioner Mark Tyler was formerly a Lakeland Board Trustees, and resigned the position to become appointed to Commissioner Ron Young’s seat when Ron retired.
You may not know what Lakeland Community College has become. Allow us to illustrate the current state of affairs at LCC, by showing you a recent video that we recorded at one of their Trustee meeting. This is your new Lakeland Community College – a paragon of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It is the cornerstone of what they do.
This is what the annual taxpayers’ annual investment of $19 million per year in property taxes has created for us. This does not happen without approval from the President of the College and the Board of Trustees.
I wonder if the taxpayers are entitled to a refund?