For more than a decade the same people behind the PAC that's funding all the pro-sales tax hoopla, have also made the majority of campaign re-election contributions to Santa Rosa County's Board of Commissioners.
Why? In order to get their projects going they have to have commissioner approval for zoning changes and building permits. Over the same decade they've made it known they didn't want impact fees or county money wasted on updating infrastructure. Not even for schools. They winked and the commissioners winked back.
Now our main roads and schools are badly overcrowded and at best, the infrastructure correction will take years and cost millions of dollars.
Currently there are some 2500 family units permitted to be built, and a new 4,500 home project is awaiting approval. So the problems the builders created are ready to bite them where it hurts. They realize they won't be able to sell their new units now the degree of road and school congestion has become so obvious. Oops! And since their only interest is to make profit and move on, they've asked the commissioners to schedule a special election for a sales tax increase on October 8th. If it wins, it means they can play us for suckers once again and use our money to fix their messes.
Truth is, their pro-sales tax promotional investment of $80,000 is a drop in the bucket when one considers the vast millions in income the building industry earns from our county each year.
The victims are you and me because we residents didn't realize until just now how the men we'd trusted to protect our interests had sold us out. Waiting a half hour or more in stop and go traffic to get to work, or seeing your children face busing to distant schools because the local one is full, is hurtful, costly, and if left uncorrected will surely crash our local home values.
The main issue isn't impact fees, or taxes, or infrastructure updating anymore. We must face the fact our local government is corrupt and can no longer be trusted.
If you live in Santa Rosa County, October 8's special sales tax election may be the best chance you'll get to let the commissioners and the builders know you're on to their game, you're mad as hell, and you aren't going to take it anymore!
Vote NO and stomp on their unholy, unhealthy alliance! As Americans, we deserve the full allegiance of the people we elect to represent our interests.