Many of you will recall the story of Chicken Little who shouted “the sky is falling” after an acorn fell on her head. Soon Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky and the entire flock of feathered friends joined the excited chorus shouting “the sky is falling” until they met their fate in the open jaws of Foxy Loxy.
A similar real life emotional hysteria seems to have emerged with a group of council candidates and their followers proclaiming everything is going wrong in city government with the claim by their leader that we should “stop the insanity.”
Well let’s take a look at their claims of insanity.
- Lack of financial discipline: The truth is the tax rate has been flat for the last two years with surpluses at end of each year.
- A debt problem exists: The utility debt is being paid down and Moodys has just raised our bond rating.
- Spending out of control: The city is $2.3 million under the spending cap.
- Lack of transparancy: Florida has the most stringent sunshine law in the country and this contrived complaint doesn’t hold water. The meetings are televised and available on the website with agendas published in advance as required by law.
So it appears we have the same nay-sayers who emerge every local electionshouting “the sky is falling” routine.
Perhaps these negative people and their tactics drove Paul Meyer from the race.
Reject these tactics and vote for the positive people Gibson, Honig and Recker.