“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts…perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
– John Steinbeck
The city of Opa-Locka, laden with corruption and nearly bankrupt, just had a financial disaster declared by Governor Rick Scott when he issued an emergency order that calls for its spending to be overseen by a “financial emergency board.”
While Nassau County isn’t experiencing the same line-your-pockets corruption as Opa-Locka is (which we can be thankful for), it should still serve as a cautionary tale of what can happen when leaders use their platform to mislead the public for their own political gain.
Here’s more from Politico Florida:
“With bad governance came bad budgeting and a financial crisis that prompted Scott to act – but only after the Opa-Locka City Commission passed a special resolution declaring it was in a state of financial emergency…
“Scott’s declaration gives him broad powers to sign off on the city’s budget, and it calls for the establishment of a special commission to oversee all aspects of the city’s finances.”
In the case of Nassau County, take into consideration its fiscal challenges, where, depending on who you ask, seated elected official or candidate, you might get a different answer, despite there being insurmountable evidence that indicates the county is on a fiscally unsustainable path.
If we’re in such great shape, why did the county have to lay off about 70 positions. Why can’t we widen or pave roads, maintain parks, buildings, etc.? Why are our reserves depleted? Why do we only have two grounds maintenance technicians to cut the grass and maintain the grounds at approximately 80 county properties and facilities, including parks and recreation facilities, across the county comprised of 725 square miles?
It seems that these deniers are intent on burying this truth about our shaky future all while providing zero proof to substantiate their claims. We are not asking for people to follow us blindly. We provide evidence to support our claims and ask that the people of Nassau County just take a look at the evidence for themselves.
To learn the truth about what’s going on in Nassau County and the fiscal challenges that we’re up against, visit our website at CitizensforaBetterNassau.com.