Editor's note: The St. Petersburg Times received the following letter from Dunedin City Commission candidate Arnold "Tony" Scruton in response to the newspaper's editorial recommendation of his opponents, Julie Ward Bujalski and Deborah Kynes. A detailed editorial explaining that recommendation was printed Feb. 24. The election is March 11.
The described shortcomings of both incumbents in the Feb. 24 editorial recommendation are some of the reasons I am running for Dunedin City Commission. While you mentioned that I need "more familiarity with city business," you also state that one of my opponents had "little experience with government" when she first ran for office.
I feel my management and ownership experience handling hundreds of employees and dealing with financial statements will be a tremendous asset to our city.
Nothing bewilders me more than the Weaver property saga. If you look back, you see a commission that is doing the same thing here as when they hired the city manager. They didn't like the first answer, so they tried something else. Is this serving the city or is it self-serving?
Dunedin will be losing approximately $1.2-million in tax revenue, yet it is proposed that we buy a piece of property, take it off the tax rolls and spend $555,000 in required improvements as well as $27,000 annually to maintain this property. Is this a prudent decision, especially now when we might have to look for ways to keep our services?
Our land development ordinance funds can improve our existing parks and pay debts such as the $500,000 debt for Edgewater Park. Our Penny for Pinellas funds need to be used to replace and update our infrastructure, especially stormwater, not projects that may use environmental funding. Don't spend what you don't have.
At candidate forums, you will learn that when I speak of a vision, I also have suggestions to accomplish that vision.
Hopefully, Dunedin voters are ready for a change on March 11.