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Letter: ‘Non-residents’ also feel effects of city officials
Re: “Mayor does more than run council meetings,” March 27
I am the person who delivered the speech that you referred to as a “noncitizen.” May I correct your terminology? I most certainly am a “citizen.” I am an American citizen. However, I am not a Floresville resident, but I do reside in Wilson County and conduct 75 percent of my business within the Floresville city limits.
The wisdom of the city council and the mayor certainly affects every Floresville resident and Wilson County resident. Based on the wisdom of the city council, city manager, and the mayor in handling our growth and finances, they can determine what businesses Floresville attracts, the sale and price of homes both in Floresville and beyond the city limits, as well as providing the appropriate infrastructure for all of us!
I respect your right to express your opinion, but I have two questions for you, Fred. Where was your outrage? Where was your voice with the previous administration’s mismanagement? You sat on the FEDC board. Why did you not look out for the Floresville residents and speak up on their behalf then? Perhaps it was “business as usual.”
You mentioned I have nothing at stake. My goodness, you are so wrong. The quality of where I live, the value of our home, the services that will or will not be provided to myself and my family are largely influenced by the prosperity of Floresville.
The “grant” you so casually refer to as “business as usual” I and every American citizen have a stake in. Those grants do not come as manna from heaven. They are financed by every tax-paying U.S. citizen with our hard-earned tax-paying dollars!
I must also take issue with you on the role of the mayor.
As I mentioned in my speech, the city charter specifically states that “the mayor shall be recognized as the head of the city government for all Ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law, but shall have no regular administrative duties. The mayor shall be entitled to vote on all matters under consideration by City Council, only to break a tie.”
The mayor did not consult with all the city council members before she took the initiative to seek out, with Congressman Cuellar’s assistance, the steps needed to apply for a grant. As I mentioned at the beginning of my speech, “Mayor, your heart may have been in the right place,” but she definitely went beyond what her authority warrants.
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Nueces Strip, Texas
April 4, 2013 1:01pm
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