Recovery Around the Corner: So Thinks the City of Coral Gables?

It would appear that the city manager and commissioners of the city of Coral Gables believe that in the not-too-distant future the economy will return to a better time.  That seems to be behind their unwillingness to make significant reductions in the city’s operating costs.  They are cutting capital investments–another sign that the economy will come back soon.

And–

  • We are still waiting for the city to play hardball with the police, firefighter and staff unions;
  • We are still waiting for a reduction in force of overstaffed and overpaid public security;
  • We are still waiting for the reorganization and consolidation of overstaffed and overpaid departments;
  • We are still waiting for a reduction in salaries of senior staff, including the city manager and the city commissioners;
  • We are still waiting for a cut back in the number of middle managers;
  • We are still waiting for the city to get tough with the Biltmore Hotel management;
  • We are still waiting to put a freeze on property taxes while the economy is stagnant;
  • We are still waiting for a recognition that taxpayers are paying “real money” in taxes to Coral Gables;
  • We are still waiting for information on the cost of the museum; and
  • In short, we are still waiting for a new culture of “open government” in the city of Coral Gables.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
International consultant in economic development programs and projects

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