Letter to the Editor: Seizing control is complete

The “new” City Council has seized control of the City of Marco Island, with the forcing out of Jim Riviere. The new council was voted in with the promise of “change.”

Unfortunately, it seems that the council is all bark and no bite. In spite of the show of opposition and the bluster, each vote for an increase in taxes, fees and each corresponding increase in spending is approved. Rarely, it appears that the council is taking a stand against these increases, but the final vote always proves it was just for show.

Inevitably, the votes always pass. In spite of numerous and strong taxpayer oppositions, the council approved increased utility rates, the purchase of a QRV vehicle using 2013 funds and declining the hiring of three EMS/firemen to man the QRV. Again, it was just for show. The asset replacement account funds hiring those three people for the QRV. Also purchased the ERP system for a half million dollars, after purchasing the Granicus software at $86,000 just for the first year, and no assurances that the two are compatible.

I see they’ve placed Gil Polanco as interim city manager, in spite of severe criticisms he received during preparations for the recent budget votes, especially from Mr Honig. Can we expect Polanco to properly discharge city manager, finance director duties and implement a new ERP system?

Putting Bob Brown and Polanco in the leaderships, Councilors hedged their bets that all votes and actions will go their way.

Bill Harris

Marco Island

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