Sunday, November 28, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Fact Check



I read a letter to the editor written by Adam Urban concerning my being “disingenuous to the taxpayers of Marco Island”. I did not vote for the Roll Back Rate because it would have defeated the purpose of the current implemented BucketBudget System. To avoid Bonding for Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) in the in the future, additional revenue must be collected annually to provide reserves to pay cash for those projects. Examples, paid cash ($3.5 million) for construction of Mackle Park Building; currently paying down Police and Fire pension liability ($7 million) over 2 years just to name a few

I did vote for Resolution 15-43, which was to prohibit unreasonable citizen’s resolution coming before council. If I felt a resolution was warranted, I would personally get that resolution on council’s agenda. For example, two residents came to me with two resolutions for council’s consideration; the Second Amendment and Common Core Standards. Both were heard by council; one passed and one failed. If the Public feels strongly about an issue, they have the option to go the petition route. The so called “tax on speech” (to verify valid registered voter) is paid to the Supervisor of Elections and NOT to the City of Marco Island.

In order for a Councilor to get an item on the City Council agenda, they must first prepare a Position (White) Paper and get the City Council’s approval. Yes, I did present a Position Paper on Veteran’s Community Park, but nowhere in my presentation did I recommend Bonding for the project. I recommended providing funds in the budget to move the project along, and $250,000 was budgeted for FY2017.

I have a proven track record for faithfully serving the Taxpayers for four years and I will continue to do so if re-elected to City Council.

Respectfully submitted,

Amadeo Petricca

Marco Island



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