IOP City Council Meeting May 26th, 2015 with First Reading of Prohibition of Single Use Plastic Bags
Tonight at the Isle of Palms Ways and Means Committee Meeting, the presentation for an annual parking pass system proved to be just too expensive. It was supposed to be revenue neutral but instead, it was revenue negative. We decided to still have controlled parking along Palm Blvd from 21st Ave to 41st Ave, on some side streets between 2nd and 9th between Ocean and Carolina Blvd, but that’s it. The rest of the island will be resident’s only parking. We will still exceed the Beachfront Management Parking Plan, and it will be FREE to off islanders. But, on a first come basis. The vote was unanimous. Yes, this will still cost us some money to implement, and we have some minor issues to work out, but it is a win win for everyone. Thank you for letting me serve as your councilman.
Yes, it is budget time again, and thank goodness, the IOP has more non owner occupied property tax dollars than owner occupied plus tourism taxes to pay for most of it’s expenses. Our year round resident’s lifestyle is subsidized by this. If I ran my household spending like this, I would have lost it during the recession starting in 2007. We have to be careful on how we spend money, how we treat city properties, but we seem to have a case of OPM, (other people’s money). My greatest fear for the island is, what if we have another HUGO? We will still need the police, we will still need the fire department, we will still need city services, yet, we won’t have the income. I’m not trying to be a doomsayer, but just a realist. Please attend tomorrow night’s Ways and Means meeting and hear the concerns of your fiscal conservatives on council. Thank you for letting me serve you.