Letter to the editor
The Jan. 23 City Commission meeting will live in infamy. In one breath, commissioners articulated how important the democratic process is. But in another breath, they selfishly justified postponing the needed and scheduled city election for another six months. It appears that we have no better use for a quarter million dollars in Tallahassee than to fund our own special election. The commissioners voted to deprive seniors who qualify for additional homestead exemption on the grounds that it was too costly. Additionally, we should not forget that our seniors and retirees are being pinched by prescriptions, taxes and rising insurance premiums on a fixed income. Let’s not consider that we are in a recession.
The wisdom put forth by our five wise kings with self-serving moral pontification resulted in a change from the general election cycle of all the state’s issues. This action is unconscionable, the result of which two of the five commissioners voted to extend their reign without the people’s approval.
Do they truly believe that the citizens of Tallahassee are not capable of making clear and informed choices while also voting on other issues? Perhaps the possible loss of institutional knowledge and historical leadership would be a refreshing change for the city of Tallahassee instead of maintaining the status quo.