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Every citizen, should perform due diligence. Considering, your platform of offering a "positive" view, I thought it appropriate to offer a realistic view, and the devastating impact of spending to a level that cannot be sustained leading to bankruptcy proceedings.
It has been brought to my attention through county public records you have financial burdens. These burdens may have been brought about from circumstances outside your control... but real estate bankruptcy proceedings are a direct result of not paying ones financial obligations relative to property ownership.
Given your situation, I ask, why are you so against MI Property Owners? I would have thought you would be a champion and sensitive to fiscal concerns given your own situation?
Yet, you proudly proclaim:
"Our taxpayer cost for what we enjoy is approximately 17% of the total we see on our property tax bills"
Well, in 2000, that was only 10% and at that time I too thought the employees and city services were excellent, just as you proclaim today!!!!!! So why am I paying a greater portion of my bill to Marco Island?
Common sense says:
This increase is the direct result of policies and spending programs that burden taxpayers/property owners which lead to bankruptcies or diverting monies that would be best spent maintaining or improving our own property and businesses.
Why are citizens that wish to spend their own monies on their own homes and businesses considered a pariah? Why do we need to have more public stuff while lot vacancies rose during the span of city hood?...while public facilities and programs grew in size and scope.
I understand the need to update and repair,i.e. the water/sewer utilities, but allow us to update and repair our properties, at a commensurate level, as well.
I cannot vote for you given your "positive" view of the city and your negative view of property owners!
I need to make positive choices, which include not burdening my neighbors. There are better choices and its time our monies would be better served at home towards improvements and expansion of our own privately held properties NOT public property, to make this island a better community.
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