To the editor:
The Cape Coral City manager has presented a powerful argument for the necessity to raise taxes in order to maintain city services. The infrastructure has been neglected, and roads and other important maintenance projects have been set aside. The fire and police fleets need upgrading and our parks and other city bright spots cannot be sustained without additional income. Recently we saw a parade of city department heads marching before the City Council and painting a grim picture of what to expect if the tax raise is not approved. On top of all this, editorials have supported the tax raise and agreed with the sounding of the "gloom and doom" alarm.
So why then do we continue to see sizeable resistance to the tax increase implementation? Certainly the message has been loud and clear and, without question, we all want Cape Coral to continue to be a safe haven and a happy place for all our residents to enjoy.
The answer, I believe, lies in the lack of trust that we have for the city administrators.
When city administrators railed for the installation of the irrigation system we were assured that the monthly charge would be $5 and would not be increased. We trusted the administrators and we were deceived.
When city administrators wanted a new police station and city hall we were told that the existing building was beyond repair and needed to be condemned. Once again, we trusted and we were betrayed.
This is not to say that we should not have an upgraded police station and a city hall that is modern and one we can be proud of. This is to say that deception is not the road to creating trust and not the way to building faith and confidence in the city elected officials or administrators. The old city hall is still an operational building... and no one has been taken to task for the deliberate dishonesty.
If the city council and the city administrators have any interest in doing the right things they will position morality at the top of every issue, they will place a value on the respect and trust of the residents, and, by doing this, we will have the opportunity to move forward together on all important Cape Coral issues. Pomposity, arrogance, gamesmanship...not the answer. Respect and trust represent the only way to harmoniously build this city.