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City spending on ‘wants,’ not needs

February 9, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

After watching Monday's Council meeting, I was happy to hear Councilmember Marilyn Stout explain what was going on financially with the city. After a two-year wait for a handball court on city property, the city still cannot come up with the funds. It was also very interesting to hear her views on purchasing the golf course - she was speaking facts, the city has no money for this purchase. This purchase does not qualify for 20/20 funds, and at this time, getting money from the county, good luck. So if this purchase is made it will be on the backs of the taxpayers.

Then Council wants to spend $13 million on development and improvements and a yearly maintenance cost of over a million dollars.

The Save Our Rec group stated they collected 10,000 signatures for the purchase of the golf course. It's interesting to wonder if it was explained that the purchase of this property might increase taxes; how many signatures would have been obtained? Why isn't the Save Out Rec group fighting for a park to be built in north Cape on city owned property? An area that has few parks and needs development????

After the tornado came through in the southwest Cape, many trees and landscaping was damaged and removed on the medians on Beach Parkway and Aqualinda. I called my council man and asked if they would be replaced. I was told there was no money in the budget for this. That was over two years ago. We have many areas in the city that need landscaping and road improvements - no money!

It's time for Council to get the city's financial priorities in order. Every city has needs and wants. The golf course is a want.

James Michalski

Cape Cora



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