Volusia County Ready To Buy Portable Lifeguard Stands for $20,000+ Each


Mark Schaefer
Sep 7

to James, Deb, Deb, Doug, Jason, Jason, Joshua, Joyce, Pat, Patricia, Bernice
Manager Dinneen,
 We are spending $82,769 on just four portable lifeguard towers?  You have got to be kidding me.  That is over $20,000 for each life guard tower.  Just send a Volusia County staff person over to State and Carswell Streets in Daytona Beach and Holly Hill.  I am sure you could find a dozen local businesses that would build high quality life guard towers for far less money.  It is even more troubling that the County is relying on a single letter, from the supplier no less, to determine that this is a no bid  “sole source” item.
This just one example of many on the September 12th County Council agenda.  I understand now why it was your policy for the past seven years to not publish the agenda until the last possible minute.  Thank you Councilwoman Denys for standing up for citizens at the last county council meeting.  Citizens have a right to know where their tax dollars are being spent.  I believe in contributing tax dollars to public safety, but this type of spending does not justify a 10% increase in my Volusia County property taxes for this year.
I urge the County Council to reject item 26 or $82,769.  I also urge the County Council to reject the County Manager’s requested 10% increase in real estate taxes.
Mark Schaefer
Precinct 709
3606 Donna Street
Port Orange, Florida 32129

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