If your are pleased with developments since Dorothy you need to thank Mayor Green and the Former and Current Manager. If you are not so pleased then you know the cause.
For purposes of this discussion let us be kind and say that it is only arguable and not indisputable that the Mayor and the Manager have at least 3 department directors who lack the requisite qualifications and experience necessary to provide competent leadership in those departments.
- * What does that say about the fundamental respect the Mayor and Manager have for good government in Port Orange.
- * What does it say about the fundamental arrogance they possess to employ less than competent department heads and then tell Council and the People that everything is just fine.
- * What does it say kind about the fundamental distain with which they held Council s’ directive to retain a consultant to simplify an overly complex rate structure, AND have that consultant bring back a report with zero reference to rate simplification, INSTEAD recommending increased borrowing and 30% to 50% rate increases to support $60 million in expenditures based on nothing more than the Manager’s bold faces lie that “because we haven’t done anything for six years, we are going to have to play catch-up,”
- * What does it say about the Mayor’s commitment to keep on wasting taxpayer funds on the pipe, ponds and pumps that comprise Port Oranges’ defect laden reclaimed system despite looming 50% rate increases.
What does it also say about 4 caring and I genuinely believe well meaning councilman who would take issue with little of what I just said, AND who have little to no confidence in the department directors of Public Utilities, Public Works and Finance, BUT YET sit by at Council meeting after Council meeting and take no meaningful action ??
Port Orange never came to terms with the internal rot that was exposed in the wake of the Public Works/Finance/Water debacle in 2012 thanks to Mayor Green’s secret and manipulative nature. Because a thorough housecleaning was never undertaken, the result some 2 years later, is a series of multiple festering wounds that are coming to light with increasing frequency.
At this point it is fair to ask if Council is any more up to their task which must be to bring Manager Kisela’s continued employment to a vote than the aforementioned department directors in whom they have so little confidence.
The hardworking taxpayers of Port Orange deserve better, and I feel confident that after this year’s election will we have a Council dynamic that will no longer shrink from meaningful action when required.