+ The three wise men should be congratulated
Three wise men came to a special Town Commission meeting Aug. 14, and one of them was a woman. They came to bring wisdom to this town. Instead, they bore witness to the demise of a long-awaited opportunity to bring fairness to the taxpayers and non-unionized employees.
The three gifts they brought supported a realistic view of the burden on the taxpayers:
• The truth in numbers disclosed by the actual cash-flow chart;
• The reality that employees are well compensated;
• A glimpse into the future if this opportunity were to be lost.
Instead, they watched the dismissal of their wisdom and the inevitable demise of a long-awaited opportunity to bring fairness to both.
Ignored were the facts that supporting both the early retirement and DROP program would impact the burden on the taxpayers.
Succumbing to similar oft-used phrases that “it will only cost the taxpayer an extra $7.19 and we can afford that” has helped to bring us to the present untenable position of huge unfunded debt.
The facts Key resident Shannon Gault, speaking from the audience, disclosed, as well as those carefully documented by Commissioners Phill Younger and Lynn Larson and Vice Mayor David Brenner, the three wise commissioners, were overshadowed by emotional responses from the other four commissioners.
Those include Commissioners Jack Duncan, Terry Gans and Pat Zunz and a reluctant Mayor Jim Brown. The result is that the town, once again, has been held hostage to unwarranted expenses.
The opportunity for which the town awaited has passed us by.
Beverly Pottern Shapiro
Currently 0 Responses
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.