After attending many Council meetings and hearing fiscal discussions, I do not feel the need to raise taxes in Oviedo. I am frustrated with our current Council continuing to beat the drum that they did not increase the millage rate last year (2018), because they did add fees. Due to the purchase of the golf course, we as Citizens pay $36/year more for storm water and we now have the Special Tax Lighting District, a first in the history of Oviedo, of approximately $78/ year for a total of $114 in additional expenses to live in Oviedo. Regardless of which it is called, tax or fee, it is still money out of our family budget.
What I have learned is the City’s fiscal policies are not that aggressive. I was surprised to learn that it was 20 years ago that our City liability insurance was awarded. While I understand there are limited companies selling this type of insurance, is it not in the best interest of the Residents to periodically open this up for bid to ensure the best service for taxpayer money? I request bids for my car and home insurance every year.
As Councilman, I would propose that every vendor and service provider’s contract, from fuel supplier to City Legal Counsel, should be reviewed for efficiency and value of the service they supply so that a fair bidding process is implemented. To continue to keep taxes where they are, we need aggressive vetting of our service suppliers to ensure that we as Citizens are getting the maximum value for our tax dollars. No more automatic renewals.
I am not stating taxes should never be raised, as that is a function of what the fiscal state of the City is at the time of the decision, but that City Council should always be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.
Respectful of Oviedo’s Past…Focused on Oviedo’s Future