Letters to the Editor

Manatee County vote on sales tax hike a hard pill to swallow but vital

Commissioner Carol Whitmore looks through a list of projects that need funding throughout the county on in June 2016 as the Manatee County Commission considers putting an infrastructure sales tax referendum on the ballot, and how those funds would be allocated.
Commissioner Carol Whitmore looks through a list of projects that need funding throughout the county on in June 2016 as the Manatee County Commission considers putting an infrastructure sales tax referendum on the ballot, and how those funds would be allocated. gjefferies@bradenton.com

Manatee County citizens continue to point directly at the past failure on the part of the Manatee County commissioners to impose the “indispensable” school and infrastructure impact fees on the developers as the cause for the financial crisis the county now faces. The commissioners are now looking to place the burden of solving the county’s financial shortfall problems squarely on the backs of the citizens by way of yet another set of tax increases.

The Manatee County commission has unanimously voted to place referenda on the November ballot calling for extending the school sales tax and adding an infrastructure sales tax. Comments from the commissioners following their June 21 meeting make no apologies for the financial shortfall fiasco, but rather direct their attention to the citizens, eliciting their support in extracting the county from the existing untenable financial crises.

I, for one, have seen this financial train wreck coming for some time and made it the subject of a previous letter to the editor, criticizing commissioners for their failure in upholding their fiduciary responsibilities.

Notwithstanding, the citizens of Manatee County are now stuck with having to “pull the county commissioners’ chestnuts out of the fire.” No one appreciates being backed into a corner with no way out; but it looks as if we, the citizens, are left with no other alternative other than voting in favor of yet another set of tax increases. And this comes as a hard pill to swallow.

Jim McKinney

Ellenton

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