To the editor:
Kim Hawk, a former member of the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District board, and other members of that board namely, Jack Tanner and Terry Miller, voted unanimously to terminate that layer of bureaucracy in search of a mission. That Water Conservation District board had offered free inspections of lawn sprinklers to Lee County residents when no adjustments or repairs were allowed by the inspectors. What was the point?
Jack Tanner, former chairman of the board, through his personal research, realized over nine years ago that each visit from the Water Conservation District board to residents of Lee County cost $500. That amounted to $200,000 in cost to Lee County taxpayers alone every year.
On Sept.10, 2008, as per request from the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District board, the South Florida Water Management District Board of Governors voted unanimously to stop spending $750,000 a year on sprinkler check-ups throughout their several county areas. On Sept. 27, 2013, the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District board received confirmation (as per its own request) from the five-member elected board of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that in a unanimous vote the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District had been terminated.
Think about it to date that very special group of Libertarian Republican activists (former members of the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District board which they dissolved) have saved the South Florida taxpayers over $4 million.
Kim Hawk has labored diligently as an articulate spokesperson and a prolific op-ed writer concerning his passion for responsible government spending. The huge savings of over $4 million over the last five years to the taxpayers of the SFWMD has not come easy. It started with one person, Jack Tanner, then Kim Hawk and Tom Clark. It was Kim Hawk and that group of steadfast Libertarian Republicans that kept focused on their original goal of reducing government spending and never relenting. Kim Hawk and members of the Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District board have shown the way. There is an old saying, "When followers lead, the leaders will follow." This dramatic alternative to unnecessary budget expenditures took place right here before our very eyes in Lee County, Fla. If this could only be a true paradigm shift nation-wide, maybe even our country could get back on track to future solvency.
Kim Hawk, writer, activist, radio guest, aircraft mechanic and investor is everyman who has given his time, effort and passion for the betterment of our society. No one in Lee County, in my opinion, has been a better continuous spokesperson in the effort to create responsible government and a freer society. Thank you Kim for your perseverance and your pursuit of good government in Lee County.
Jon Larsen Shudlick