As a taxpayer, I strongly support Commissioner Al Robinson's attempts to provide some transparency and, hopefully, control over the spending of the West Manatee Fire Rescue organization.
I was very disappointed to read that some of the other commissioners and fire chief are trying to stifle Commissioner Robinson's ability to even get the financial information he has requested to do the job for which he was elected. They propose putting a limit on how much financial information a commissioner can request.
In a prior meeting, his request to find out how much one of the professionals hired on a building project was being paid was denied, by stating that information was proprietary. That's simply outrageous.
These commissioners need to be reminded that they are spending the taxpayer's monies, not their own. They were elected to be good stewards of public funds, not to simply act as a rubber-stamp for whatever the fire chief wants to do (a $400,000 jet boat? Seriously?)