|Sent on:||Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:55 AM|
From: Pat Pasley <[address removed]>
Date: July 24, 2013, 7:03:43 AM EDT
Subject: eyeonbrevard: The Speech I Would Like to Hear From Every Commissioner, then…’Walk the Talk’
(The following was read to the Brevard County Commission on 7/23/2013)
As a commissioner my priority job is to represent the people and provide clear guidance to county government. It is during this budget cycle that I hear the most input from my constituents. I hear consistent messages from property owners and business owners. The property tax burdens are too high and fundamentally unfair. The property owners bear the greatest burden while others are taxed lightly.
From business owners I hear that our permitting fee and regulations are very costly. It takes too much time, and the enforcement is inflexible. There is a general perception among existing business owners that Brevard is not business friendly. Specifically, I have heard a business owner wanted to grow his company, and found a commercial building suitable for his expansion plans. After discovering that the costs of compliance would exceed $100,000 and none of it would further his business goals, he decided to abandon his growth plans. This is an ongoing tragedy in our county and I have heard countless other stories of cost, delays and inflexible enforcement. It seems we offer goodies to attract new business while grinding down the businesses that are already here.
To continue reading please go to: www.eyeonbrevard.org