Question: What, if anything, should be cut from or added to the city of Cape Coral’s proposed budget?
Council has over-used consultants and contractors for studies and design concepts. The talent and input from local resident volunteers and city employees are more valuable in early development and will not burden the taxpayer. Another wasteful practice is adding contingency fees of 5-10% on projects. Contractors will require their project leaders to get these added to their contract. The budget is filled with good intentions, the problem is project execution. There is little accounting of cost and schedule after a project is authorized. If the council would hold the City Manager and staff accountable for performance, the City would save millions. The parks GO bond is a prime example of mismanagement. Four years after the vote, no one can say when these parks will be completed or proide an estimate of the expected costs. The budget should focus on safeguarding residents and always keep extra projects within the revenue provided by the Rolled-Back Millage rate. This is how we cut waste and be accountable to you the voter.
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