Manatee County commission ignoring voters on indigent health care issue

May 22, 2014 

Manatee County commissioners in April 2013 set an election on whether to implement a sales tax increase to pay for indigent health care. Voters rejected the referendum. FILE PHOTO/TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald.

Déjà vu.

On June 18, 2013, 61 percent of the voters said NO on the special election sales tax increase for indigent health care in Manatee County.

On June 17, 2014 (almost exactly one year to the date since the special election), the Manatee County Commission will meet to decide whether or not to have a $196,000 study and plan developed for indigent health care.

The 2013 election provided the electorate's position on increasing taxes. Why is the commission even having this discussion now? Don't the commissioners realize they are elected to represent We The People?

John Molloy

Lakewood Ranch

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