As some of you know, I was elected in March to our local town commission (Inglis, Florida) and assumed office on April Fool’s Day. Little did I know that several of the local “April Fools” ( one of which was my neighbor for over a year, Bill Monteverde) were chomping at the bit to launch new found channels of second level government “management”. This essentially meant ‘I’ll do the brain storming, you do the dirty work - - I’ll start the rumors and you give them life with your official platform’. And in the case of the primary manipulator just named, I want my vengeance now and here’s my agenda that takes precedence over your silly goals:
2.) Raise “use taxes” across the board and initiate a new tax on water. The town has its own water system.
3.) Lower the Ad Valorem tax rates - - Real estate & intangibles. The chief/manipulator’s house is the most expensive in his neighborhood. He’s lived there 10 years and his taxes have gone down every year but two. His current taxes are the lowest they’ve ever been since he bought the place. His assessed value for a canal lot and a home of just under 2,000 square feet is just under $136,000.
4.) Get rid of the Budget Auditors. They certify the annual town budget -- it’s a state mandated thing. The chief manipulator/poser thinks they are in collusion because they use similar language in their audit certification letters? The actual preliminary audit is performed by one of the area’s best known, most experienced, professional CPA firms. The final certification is executed by one of the largest CPA firms in the state. I’m quite sure that these organizations would find allegations of impropriety on their part, for doing what they’re supposed to do, as patently absurd.
On April 14th at a regular town council meeting I voted to approve Commissioner Andrew White as chairman of the council. It was a no-brainer, he was already vice-chair. During this meeting, White had 15 of the 23 items on the agenda. The meeting lasted for 7 hours! 14 of Comm. White’s agenda items were voted down or withdrawn. Strange and expensive. The legal costs incurred, for this circus marathon, were in excess of $1,600. I was to learn the next day how strange White’s behavior would become.