I would like to respond to the Herald editorial written about the alleged dissolution of a governing authority within the city. We are not rushing to take control of something that we already control.
We are simply going to make this process more streamlined and business-like. Since by law we are totally responsible for every penny of taxpayers' money that is spent, it is important to make these changes.
I think it is rather comical that you think my comment does not hold water. If the volunteer boards do not spend taxpayers' money properly, who is held responsible and who are the citizens going to blame and complain to?
Since by law we are responsible we should be guiding the boards, and they must listen. The final decision must be the City Council's. We cannot read about it in the media or hear about with a stipulation like "you must make a decision today"!
Check with the Florida League of Cities in Tallahassee. You would find out that we what are about to change to is the norm for cities in Florida.
The people on our present boards will still have the option to stay on the boards. It is my intention to not move forward without all the puzzle parts for the entire picture in place.
I feel that all players must be in place so we do not miss a beat. So, we will have to make an amendment that specifies a date for it to become effective. It is still a work in progress and has not been finalized.
Gene Gallo, represents Ward One on Bradenton's City Council.