Editor: Belleair Bluffs City Commission workshop July 17 was Kabuki theater at its best. If I didn’t know better I would have to think it was a well-rehearsed mayor and commission workshop, but we all know that would be unethical and probably illegal.
Mayor Arbutine refused to allow any questioning of the workshop proposals to add a 10 percent utility tax in addition to one of the highest ad valorum, 5.35 mill, taxes in the county.
What form of democracy is this? It’s definitely not participative when changes in government law are dictated to its citizens.
Belleair Bluffs has become a little fiefdom that depends on Largo, Belleair, and the county to provide fire, water, sewage and law enforcement.
Why do we need a mayor and commissioners? They mismanage and turn around and hand the bill to the taxpayer.