To the editor:
What I find disturbing about Cape Coral government, based on 20 years of pretty close observation, is the constant process of coalition building. Groups like "progressives" "rags" and "slick 6" are a part of the Cape lexicon. That's really too bad and something this young city needs to grow out of.
Any board and particularly our council would do well to understand that independent intelligent thought is the key to successful problem solving. If it were not and we indeed did need "like minded" people on council, we would only need one representative.
I'm one of the neighbors that encouraged Rick Williams to run for District 6 and based that encouragement on Rick's years of volunteer work in our local governments and his community; his problem solving ability and his approach. Additionally, he served his country in the Navy for 22 years and possesses the maturity and collectiveness you would expect of the fire control officer of a ship of war.
A plank in Rick's platform is staunch opposition to the new electricity tax. He spoke before council before they voted on this tax in early Spring and pointed out that the valuation growth numbers in the "Burton Model" in all probability, were exceedingly low. This model projects severe revenue shortfalls for this year and many subsequent years. He asked our council to wait just a few weeks to see what the actual ad valorem numbers would be when the Property Valuation Administrator released the 2013 numbers. The actual valuation growth was five times higher than that used in the model resulting in not only a blunder for 2013 but every subsequent projected year.
Budget 101 dictates that you need a pretty fair idea of your revenue before you set a limit on expenditures. Revenue diversification is a wholly separate topic, the new electricity tax, based on a flawed or skewed model, passed just weeks before actual valuation growth would be public information, is the core of Rick Williams opposition to this tax.
In the Cape, unfortunately, every candidate has to fit into one side or another, today's flavors are "slick" and "rag." I voted the "rags" out last time because I did not want a "like minded" council. Today, as in decades past, we have a majority on council that appear to want the same thing, a coalition of the like minded.
I vote for the same thing each time in Cape elections, independent intelligent thinking, I'm voting for Rick Williams for District 6. Please exercise your right to vote.
David C. Scott P.G.