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Is it just me?

January 18, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

This last week, there were articles in the local papers and the Tidelines regarding the Town Hall Referendum by the FMB Civic Association. A word jumped out at me about the FMB Library.

Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs of which one's own behavior does not conform.

They say huge questions surround this referendum. But is it just me that asks why the FMB Library never had a referendum on their building extension? Or that there hasn't been a competitive election for their Board that anyone can remember. In 2010, four members were elected to the Board by voters. Since there was only one person running for each position, no vote was needed.

Due to the above items, there was never a debate or discussion of the merits of the extension. The Town referendum is being reviewed by the residents. Should the word hypocrisy be directed at the Town of FMB?

As to the money for the extension being raised the old fashioned way - how did the seven person board with a "tight" budget put aside more than $8 million for the extension?

Regarding my Library taxes, I paid only $27 less to the Library in 2012 than for the Town. Over recent years my difference between the two averaged $20 less for the Library. One year I paid more to the Library than to the Town. You might wish to check your tax bills.

I believe it is an honor and duty to vote. This Town Hall referendum is important to us all. Since we have been given the opportunity to vote, let's have a huge turnout whichever way you vote to say we want a voice in these decisions.

Jim Stevens

Fort Myers Beach



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