Democracy and Renaissance in Coral Gables

I believe there is a lesson to be had about our so-called democracy in Coral Gables–the candidates are financed by the few, the government is selected by the few and there are very few who are concerned with the day-to-day decisions of government.

We can only wish that these “few” do not drive the city down the same road of financial and administrative mismanagement of the last ten years, through their decisions to borrow, spend and tax its citizens during the worst recession in US history.

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

One Response to Democracy and Renaissance in Coral Gables

  1. I suppose it’s like refinancing your home mortgage. The payout remains constant but the obligation is extended further into the future in order to improve the infrastructure and improve quality of life. If the expenditures are absolutely necessary and are calculated to save money, increase efficiency or provide critical services to tax payers, it can be justified, but in tough economic times, it feels a bit like a crap-shoot without very careful vetting by leaders that can be trusted. The trust issue is of key concern. This is the X factor that is impossible to quantify. Tax payers do not get to vote on these projects, rather will have to wait to vote out those that champion them if the deal goes sour.

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