Any skepticism for Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker's proposal that community members and commissioners meet together to prevent the county from "...hit(ting) a budgetary wall?"
Florida residents have been sold a bill of goods: Development and tourism will generate billions in revenue, create jobs, and allow residents to live, work and play in comfort and security. Balderdash!
The governor cut funding for Boys and Girls clubs, but the Legislature allocated $9.3 million for IMG, which Rep. Jim Boyd acknowledged "is a big corporation." (Gov. Rick Scott later vetoed IMG funding.)
"We wish we could go out to neighborhoods (Rubonia) and put in sidewalks, streetlights, stormwater but we just don't have the money to do it," Hunzeker said.
Who pays for the $75 million (plus $5 million incentive) interchange to benefit Benderson's mall traffic, to be finished in time for rowing championships at Benderson Park? Who pays for the widening of U.S. 301 (that) will benefit developer Pat Neal's Villages of Amazon South project and several other projects?
Hunzeker: "What are we doing with the money? We've put the burden, the government, disproportionately on the back of the county-wide property taxpayers."
Residents are painfully familiar with the results of attempts to "talk to commissioners." Long Bar Pointe!
Some folks in this county are making a ton of money, are enjoying the perks of power or are feathering their political nests with nary a concern for residents. This committee proposal is insulting, a further waste of taxpayer money and time and a diversion from the real problem -- some elected and appointed officials serve exclusively the interests of developers and the tourism industry.
Nancy R. Deal