In the upcoming election, one choice is clear: An independent voice with proven financial experience — Larry Magel, running against two incumbent councilors and a third try council wannabe.
Let’s make the comparison. Magel’s proven management and civic experience is shown in saving taxpayers $60,000 to $75,000 by negotiating a new fee arrangement for the city attorney and as a member of the Utility Advisory Committee reduced proposed water and sewer rate increases by over 28 percent.
But the biggest difference in conservative value was exhibited when he voted in the minority — a 4-3 vote on the Charter Review Committee against a one time 50 percent increase in council compensation.
His two incumbent opponents chose not to alter the committee’s amendment and put it on the ballot. He said in committee: “Such an increase in a tight budget does not set the proper example.”
Our island needs honest, positive councilors.
The term of the two incumbents has been overshadowed in negativity by one councilor who not only opposed the sewers, but failed in a recall effort of councilors who favored the program. Appearing before the Charter Committee, this councilor supported allowing nonresident homeowners the privilege of voting in local elections in violation of Florida law.
And speaking of Florida law, the biggest cloud of negative perception was his conviction of destroying public records and the county judge’s statement, “He made a mockery of the law.”
Do we want four more years of this negative behavior, or do we deserve a true conservative with a high moral code?
Recently, I was surprised when several people approached me to say they were voting for Magel but thought they were required to vote for three candidates. This is not the case. You may vote for one, two or three candidates.
But if you want to be assured that Magel can work for you, vote only Larry Magel and pass on “the slate.”