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In a letter to the editor that appeared in this week’s newscaster publication (I use that description with tongue in cheek) Bob Allen wrote asserting that the town of Inglis had spent 50 % of its reserves. Now I think Mr. Allen is smart enough to know that the town has nearly one million dollars in reserve set-asides. That money has not been touched. If he doesn’t know that he should. After all he served on the town commission in recent years. The town government has in fact spent about 50% of its reserve contingency, which is a line item part of the General Fund budget and has been carried as a line item for at least three years to cover unforeseen expense not provided by other categories or to augment existing budget categories in which expenditures exceed original budget expectations. This is a normal accounting practice and the $70,000 dollars transferred is a part of the annual budget so no deficit occurred.
Mr. Allen is the originator of the failed campaign to dissolve our town. He, Bill Monteverde, ex-commissioner Sally Price and re-instated commissioner Drew White all campaigned to get rid of the town and sell the $5 million dollar water system to an un-named buyer.
Can you imagine what this part of south Levy would end up looking like if the county was the only place we had available to help us with local problems? Today’s good example: they can’t and won’t do a damn thing about storm water runoff controls.
If Mr. Allen knows what he is talking about then he is not telling you the truth on purpose. If you want to know the truth, then ask Sally McCrainie, the Inglis Town Clerk. She manages the town’s 1.5 million dollar budget and has done so for over 19 years.
In his letter Mr. Allen talks about saving $29,400 in five commissioner’s and the mayor’s annual salaries. Commissioners get $400 a month before taxes. The mayor gets $450. I can tell you this, in retrospect knowing what I know now, and what I have experienced here, the present salaries do more to discourage well qualified people to run for office than they do to promote community service - - - even in Inglis. If anyone thinks they get anything worth having for nothing they do not understand the human condition or the value of money. And if there ever was a better example of that it can’t beat last year’s board of Inglis commissioners, one of which was removed by the governor while under indictment, one of which was soundly defeated in this year’s election for their stated objective of dissolving the town, one of whom died (God bless her), and a candidate who is part and parcel of the dissolution crowd who was whipped at the polls. And last, but not least, the defeated commissioner who pretends to be G.I Joe and got caught in that lie.
Allen thinks that the mayor and two newly elected commissioners who when questioned at a candidate’s forum, said they would serve for no salary, should give that paltry sum up. Interesting position from a former commissioner who did not offer to give his salary back.
And so, Mr. Allen, your ideas concerning the function of municipal government are just that . . .ideas. Bad ideas coming from preconceived notions out of touch with reality. Dream on! And, get someone to explain to you the difference between line item contingent reserves and actual liquid reserve assets. By the way, concerning those assets amounting to just under a million dollars. . . who’s gonna get that when you dump the town? The county?
That’s enuff said.
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