Letter to the Editor: A Penny At Work

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Broward’s county and City managers, as the executive branch of our respective governments, have a responsibility to provide certainty to our residents and businesses.  Certainty that calls for emergency services will be responded to promptly, in a timely manner, and with well-trained and well-equipped responders.  Certainty that the water they drink is safe and will be there the next morning.  Certainty that their public facilities are well maintained for the uses that they are intended. Certainty that their transit, roadways, bridges, and storm water systems will enable efficient mobility through the county and connect to the region.  To provide certainty, our managers must plan for the short, medium, and the long-term.

To provide certainty when planning, including the long-term planning for the transportation and the infrastructure surtaxes, Broward’s managers utilized the professional expertise within and outside their respective organizations.  Engineers, planners, department directors, consultants, and other public agencies, all with numerous years of practical experience in local government have come together to craft a long-range plan that best fits the county-wide and each of our unique individual municipal needs. 

The private sector has an out when it doesn’t plan well; it can reduce output, it can declare bankruptcy, it can even go out of business.  The public sector has no such out.  As public servants and local governments, we have the obligation to provide essential services, without fail, period.

Twenty years ago, how many entities, public or private, planned for what is today’s digital revolution?  How many planned for e-commerce?  How many planned for cyber-theft and hacking?  How many of us could have predicted sea level rise and the need to build better drainage and enhanced sea walls? Those are things that none of us could have predicted.  What we, can plan for is to maintain, and improve, transportation and infrastructure in the county and the municipalities to meet the demands that we know will come tomorrow. 

A Penny At Work is not a dream; as local governments, we call it vision, vision to provide certainty for the future.

We -- elected officials and city/county managers -- urge voters to educate themselves as to how the Penny Sales tax proceeds will be spent in our respective communities and to make an informed decision on the two Surtax questions at the very end of the Ballot.

 

Respectfully,

Gary Resnick/Daniel J. Stermer

Gary Resnick is the Mayor of the City of Wilton Manors

Daniel J. Stermer is the Mayor of the City of Weston


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