Gateway Sun

We’re all adults. We all understand.

It’s an election year.

And during election years, people trying to get in to office will say anything to get in to power.

Delores Linscott, candidate for Seat 5 on the GSCDD board, announced on social media today that “This is a time to protest the 22% increase in our non-ad-valorem tax you pay with your real estate tax.”

Except that there will be no 22% increase in your non-ad-valorem tax. There is instead a proposed 16.55% increase in your GSCDD assessments. (About 8% if you live in Stoneybrook.)

In actual dollars, the proposed increase is $85.67 per household for the year. A little less than $0.25 per day.

The more worrisome issue isn’t the increase — it’s that a political candidate is complaining about it.

For three years this publication has chronicled the GSCDD’s funding woes. The organization is under-staffed, has inadequate resources, and we’ve been crystal clear with the public that assessment increases between 10-20% per year were not only necessary but fully expected.

If you’ve been reading this publication long enough, you already know that.

Simply put, the FY2019 assessment increase is not news. In fact the $85 increase is so not news that we didn’t even write about it.

The budget produced by GSCDD staff and tentatively approved by the Board of Supervisors is completely in line with projections and expectations.

Any political candidate who tries to throw the increase around is either uneducated as to Gateway’s issues or trying to score political points. Or maybe both.

I understand the optics of a 16.5% increase. And do you know who else understands the optics? The Supervisors who are facing re-election.

But instead of taking “the easy way out” they made the tough choices necessary to benefit the community. They did what they had to do, and now Linscott is attacking them for it.

I know… I know…

It’s politics. But every time you see any political candidate for a GSCDD seat complaining about assessment increases, just remember they’re either trying to play politics, or they have no idea what they’re talking about.

About Jeff Kuntz

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Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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