Disagreeing with someone’s comments is not an attack on their person or an attack on their “freedom of speech,” it is simply a disagreement, rejection or refutation of their expressed point of view. Therefore, the following comments are not intended to take away your “freedom of speech,” they are just an exercise of my “freedom of speech.”
In your response to Rony Joel’s recent article on “Volunteerism,” you said “Bravo” and then proceeded to deride the department heads, managers and supervisors and the City Council of Marco Island. I hope your diatribe satisfies your frustrations.
You requested to meet with the financial manager to help achieve certain cuts in the budget indicates that you should first understand the role of the finance director. The finance director’s stated role is to advise the city manager in the administration, development, and monitoring of the operating and capital budgets, to offer technical support within the city of Marco Island government structure, to assist the general public and citizen groups with information requests and to make recommendations to City Council, city manager and advisory committees on all financial and budgetary policies. Our finance department staff is undermanned and over worked. To assist I would suggest you submit a resume with you qualifications.
City Council will hear the advice and requests of the various department heads, but it is City Council’s responsibility to make the actual budget cuts plus this City Council has included almost 200 volunteers to assist City Council in various assembled ad-hoc committees, numerous other committees, numerous boards, the police foundation and the fire/rescue foundation.
FYI: City Council did assemble an Ad-Hoc Finance Review Committee in which their recent lengthy work went through a wide-ranging and all-embracing look at cutting costs in all Departments including the Police Department, Fire/Rescue, Parks and Recreation, Utilities, Planning and Zoning, Permitting and Code Enforcement, Finance Department, etc.
FYI: You missed the two open to the public interactive meetings that were held by the Ad-Hoc Finance Review Committee which was assisted by staff and a city councilman acting as a non-voting member. Your input would have been heard if you had only been in attendance.
The following are questions you raise.
You suggest that staff members should give up four percent of their wages. Who on staff is over-paid, under-paid or is paid on a completive basis?
Would you give up four percent of your wages to help your city? If not, why then would you think it appropriate for staff to give up their hard earned income for your city?
You suggest that City Council and staff should involve themselves in volunteering. Who on City Council and staff does not volunteer or give back to their community?
You seem to think that only one councilman is concerned about the middle class, are you sure that there are not more? I have knowledge that there are more concerned City Council members than you believe.
Are you aware that property values dropped because of the “flipping frenzy” and over-extension of credit caused the bubble to burst and not City Council?
Are you aware that 88 to 89 percent of your property taxes go to Collier County — only 11 to 12 percent to the city?
Are you aware that we are all in the same (financial climate) boat?
Your final statement contained an insult and a threat. If you want someone to join in your thinking, why would you insult and threaten them?