You’re right, ‘our City needs professional council with a positive outlook!’
Mr. Honig: If you really believe the above statement, than why did your commentary begin with “ … three persons running for City Council banded together and issued a salvo of negativism to proclaim their alliance and to disparage the other candidates, including me.” You accuse Larry Sacher, Ken Honecker and Amadeo Petricca of being negative, yet that’s exactly how you start your commentary, including the comment “issued a salvo of negativism” and accusing us of “disparaging the other candidates.”
We made a statement that I will stand-by when we said we did not believe any of the other candidates were “worthy” of our vote or support.
Mr. Honig referenced my campaign slogan of “Stop the Insanity,” which, as you know, is the first part of a quote generally attributed to Albert Einstein who defined ‘insanity’ as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” I chose this slogan because this is exactly what has taken place on Marco Island in our various council elections in which candidates promise fiscal reform, transparency, and a strong commitment to listening to the public. You reference our statements that “spending out of control” and proceed to talk about “the tax rate is flat;” “city has produced a surplus for two years.” The city has come in under budget for two years. The city is more than $2 million under the spending cap.”
As a Harvard MBA I assume you understand what a “budget surplus” is: It is nothing more than starting the year saying “we anticipate spending this much, and if we spend less, we produce a surplus.” At the end of the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year the City had a budget surplus because they spent less than they projected spending and at that time the city manager declared that he expected the same in the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year, which is exactly what happened. However, does this mean they spent less? As you know, for the next Fiscal Year the general budget includes expenditures of almost $1,000,000 more than the prior fiscal year; the property tax millage rate was kept the same, after an increase the prior year, yet you fail to mention that had the City spent less, the tax rate could have been lowered!
Mr. Honig: It is time to stop proclaiming “I’m the only candidate on record as having opposed the 24/7 clinic referendum before the vote.” Apparently you missed the fact that Ken Honecker, Amadeo Petricca and myself are all on the video of the council meeting speaking against it when it was first introduced, and further, the Naples Daily News had a half-hour video of me as their featured video for a week in which I cited the fact that the Referendum was improperly worded since it did not include what the amount of the tax would be or for how long it would be imposed, and also that while they maintained it was “advisory,” had published a presentation indicating that if approved a Special Tax Unit would be created.
Finally, because the current Council is so ‘transparent,’ than how would you justify the council chairman’s explanation of why it was so necessary to have a “Special Called Meeting” on June 4, a mere four days before the deadline to get an issue on the August ballot when the Supervisor of Elections had sent a letter to City Council that is part of the public record dated in December of 2011 advising that there was a June 2012 deadline?
Mr. Honig: As you know, my wife and I have filed a complaint with the Island Country Club about the City council chairman’s (who also happens to be club president) misuse of the club member’s addresses to promote a political agenda. In fact, since we are both members, you’ll recall that when I first saw the e-mail, I called you to once again congratulate you on your efforts to keep the campaign congenial, but I also asked you as both an “officer and a gentleman” to step forward and deplore these actions. I would also add that none of the incumbents have made any commentary on the chairman’s abuse of his position by selectively writing a memo that was only sent to condos. We both know the only reason the letter was subsequently published in our local media is because my wife Judy spoke out during the Oct. 1 Council Meeting and the chairman, instead of answering her question as to why, since he was elected to represent all of Marco chose to only selectively send it to condos.
It is time to Stop the Insanity and return Marco Island to the People!