Dear TEA Party Patriots,
I received an email today and with permission I have cut and pasted part of it for you because we need to be on top of this issue. If you know someone who lives in Eustis, please forward this email to them.
The Eustis City Commission meeting will start tomorrow at 6pm, then they will have this workshop at 8pm and give the public the opportunity to speak.
Here is part of that email:
"I also want to remind all our TEA Partiers that "overtaxing and overspending starts at home!" which may explain why the City of Eustis is discussing a plan to spend $5.8 million to buy the old hospital property. They think if they own it, they can get a developer to buy it from them and revitalize downtown. Problem is, the property's been on the market for several years now an d no one else wants to buy it. Oh, and the city doesn't have that kind of money, so they plan to finance it by going into debt! Then, they'll have to spend several hundred thousand dollars every year to service the debt. Where's that coming from? Out of the Community Redevelopment Agency money (used to help blighted areas - downtown is hardly blighted) and from the Penny Sales Tax money. Turns out, the penny sales tax money is normally used to buy police cars, bullet-proof vests, fire trucks, asphalt and conrete to repair sidewalks. Won't be able to buy any of those for the forseeable future if the commissioners vote to buy this property. Yes, I'm annoyed about this, but there's still two sides to every story. Interested citizens from Eustis and surrounding areas can hear more at a workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 4th at 8:00 at City Hall. Come early to get a seat. The city has also scheduled a vote on this issue for Thursday, June 18th at 6:00 pm at City Hall."
This is where the rubber meets the road folks.