In Mr. Honig’s letter of Sept. 11, he writes the following in regards to the 24/7 clinic referendum: “I’m the only candidate on record as having opposed it before the vote – and on the night City Council approved it for the ballot, I urged them not to.” Mr. Honig’s statement is not supported by the official City records. On June 4, 2012 council held a special meeting to discuss the 24/7 clinic referendum.
Mr. Magel gave a presentation on the 24/7 clinic issue. After some council discussion, council opened the floor to public comment. The record shows that five people spoke: Mr. Petricca, Dr. Santiago, Mr. Sacher, Mr. Honecker, and Dr. Biles. None of the speakers supported the referendum. Mr. Magel closed public comment and made a motion to approve the referendum. The motion carried three to two with Mr. Honig’s running mates Mr. Gibson and Dr. Recker voting yes.
At the July 16, 2012 Council meeting, during community forum, I again spoke about the referendum. I had two questions: 1. The language of the referendum was unclear and because of this fact, did it violate Florida’s “single subject rule” statute? 2. Was this tax going to be a MSTU; and if so, was it inside or outside the spending CAP? Mr. Magel responded by saying that the language was written vaguely on purpose and the tax was a MSTU outside of the CAP. He continued to say that this was a rush because the city just found out one week before the June 3 council meeting, that the November ballot was closed.
The record does not support Mr. Magel’s comments as to when the city was informed of the closed November ballot. Jennifer Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Election informed the city in a Dec. 7, 2011 letter that the November ballot was closed. She went on to say any city referendum questions must go on the August 2012 ballot.
I guess I have a higher standard of transparency than others.