To the editor:
With all the recent letters bashing the City Council, what really pertains to the average voter (myself) is the number 6-2. This is a typical vote of Council. In the past history of this City Council, the vote is always 6-2 in favor of a tax increase. The recent vote to increase our utilities bill (by 7 percent)was 6-2.
The six Council members that voted for this swore on a stack of Bibles that the city needed this new revenue or the city would go right into the toilet. This same Council just voted to give a 5 percent over-the-board increase to all city employees. Isn't it strange they can find the money for this, but not to support Parks and Recreation, and to keep Cape Coral from turning into urban blight without a tax increase?
I could care less what a city councilman calls someone else, as long as he votes with the best interest of the citizens. Councilman Chulakes-Leetz and Mayor John Sullivan are the only two members on Council who vote like this on a consistent basis. We must retain these two men on Council and get more votes to support them. This letter goes out to the 11 percent of the populous who actually take the time to vote. For the remaining people who do not vote, you'll "get what you deserve." You think this Council spends money like drunken sailors now? (I'm a former sailor.) Imagine a Council without Chulakes-Leetz and Sullivan; Cape Coral will become another Detroit.
Do you Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Liberals, and Conservatives get it? It's not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem. We are not council's "ATM" machine.
Lower the rates on the utilities bill to attract new business into the Cape Coral, ease off on the UEP project until we catch our breath and pay off some debt. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that you don't spend more than you can afford, just common sense, which the majority of this council is lacking. I bet if you ask 8 average voters "Would you spend yourself into an abyss of debt which there is no return"? The vote would be 6-2; "No I would not".
A registered voter in Cape Coral