Letter to the Editor: Tax and spend

To the Marco Island City Council, the “tax and spend” guys. We’re tired of constantly having our taxes raised to support your high flying spending.

To mention a few: Smokehouse Bridge you’re still pushing this, in spite of the City Attorney’s Aug. 5 report indicating Collier County Transportation department authorization that we can use Collier Boulevard county maintenance funds to repair the bridge. Is there a hidden agenda here? Do you have no interest in repairing the bridge to make it safe?

Utility Rate increases and refinancing: The actual rate increase is closer to 16 percent. A $100 utility bill now, will cost about $117 in 2018. From the auditor’s report, we have a good credit rating now. I don’t see the advantage of refinancing. Sure, just like a home re-fi, our monthly payments will decrease, but they will run for a longer period and we will pay a lot more in the long run. Or is the real initiative to free up and transfer 6 and a half million dollars into the Capital Reserve Fund for future projects?

City Charter 3.05, we have 60 days to fill City Council vacancies, why the big rush to fill it in five days? I’m sure that of the 17,000 full-time taxpayers, there are more people who would like to serve where they can make a difference.

Hideaway Beach erosion: We approved $6,667,326 in loans and lines of credit. Then our city ‘loaned’ them another half a million. What are the terms and responsibilities of the loans and lines of credit? And, what are the repayment terms for the $500K ‘loan?’ Like Obama, you’re too free with spending our money.

Bill Harris

Marco Island

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