Commissioner Puts Tax Bills on the Big Screen
The swearing in of new commissioners is usually a day of pomp and ceremony, however, on Tuesday, one Alachua County commissioner decided to put property tax bills on the big screen...drawing emotional reactions from the crowd.
After commissioner Susan Baird was sworn in, came remarks from commissioners.
"I want to welcome Susan; it takes a lot of courage to do this," said commissioner Paula DeLaney, but she didn't stop at welcoming Baird.
"I believe that we have people in our community that simply can't afford their tax burden," she said.
DeLaney proceeded to defend the commission's role in spending tax money on programs. To illustrate the disparity of the tax burden, she put the tax bills of actual taxpayers on the big screen.
Like the tax bill of a famous person in town with the initials "U.M." and "B.D."
"These people are quite affluent, quite wealthy, their tax burdens are a less of a burden to them then some of the people who pay very much less in our community and that, I think, is a dilemma," DeLaney added.
Former Gainesville city commissioner Ed Braddy spoke up.
"I will not be intimidated, and no one in this community should be intimidated by any arrogant official who would take any record and use it for partisan gain," said Braddy.
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