City should reconsider projects, staff cuts
Largo city budget information online addresses upcoming issues and suggests more cuts to staff, along with other cuts. Why, then, are the following items happening?
1. With the budget getting tighter and employees losing their jobs, you now pick this time to borrow money for a community center? We can get the community center when the economy gets better and we have the money to pay for it. Please do not borrow the money for this project. Are Mary Gray Black and Curtis Holmes the only ones on the City Commission with any sense?
2. $90,000 for an art project? Please tell me you are using some kind of grant money for this. I am a big fan of all artists, but it is not the right time to support this project, and especially an out-of-town artist, with local tax dollars.
3. How much money was wasted building, then tearing down, the clock tower?
4. Please make sure no city employee will be working on the Mayor's Golf Tournament set for April 9. If it is staffed by volunteers and the mayor is not using city paid time to play golf, then this event is okay. Otherwise, if you want to have this kind of function, then it should be staffed by volunteers.
I appreciate the hard work the commissioners do, but please step back and rethink some of your decisions. The Largo budget needs to stay balanced, our tax money spent wisely and it's important to keep city employees employed.
Terry Murphy, Largo
The budget battle: to cut $60 million |story, Feb. 24
County spends more than we can afford
It strikes me that Pinellas County government, especially since this last real estate bull market, has become ravenous for revenue, with only the concept of more revenue quenching their thirst, on a very temporary basis.
Most logical citizens are perplexed by the sheriff's statements suggesting that if his department receives anything less than the full bloated budget request that we are likely to somehow be significantly less safe than we are now.
Doubling budgets in 15 years — most people ask themselves if their incomes have doubled in the last 15 years. Most respond no. Then why should county governments?
Most people not blinded by the process ask themselves these logical questions. You would be doing the citizens a valuable service by asking for the answers to these questions and the more intelligent ones your journalists are likely to ask.
David Northcutt, Palm Harbor
Ulmerton-Ridge crossing a nightmare
There is no pedestrian traffic light at the intersection of Ulmerton and Ridge roads. To cross that intersection on foot or with a bike is an absolute nightmare. What was in the planner's mind when it was built?
Joseph Szamosi, Largo