Cheryl, be careful what you ask for
August 8, 2006
There’s another viewpoint in the PNJ today opposing the park – Viewpoint: Trillium advice from ‘outsiders’ not welcome
Cheryl Tucker argues that only those who are paying Pensacola taxes should have their letters to the editor printed.
Cheryl might have a point. Since the park is being financed solely by Community Redevelopment district funds, then maybe only business owners (who aren’t necessarily Pensacola residents) who have property in the CRA should vote. Why should a Charlie Fairchild who is now a renter (he sold his office building last year) in the CRA have an opinion or vote on how CRA money is spent?
Of course, this is ridiculous. Many of the non-residents that Tucker criticizes have businesses, jobs and pay property and other taxes in the City of Pensacola. Many wish they could vote for the project – because their tax dollars will help fund it.
People outside the City see the value of the CMP – it’s a shame 20% of Pensacola residents will oppose anything.