On Sunday, a very revealing column ran in Coral Springs Talk regarding the $28 million downtown city complex. Commissioner Tom Powers’ campaign for Mayor is all about city hall. No one in the city is arguing that Coral Springs does not need a new city hall, including his opponent Former State Senator Skip Campbell. Coral Springs is a city that has over 125,000 residents, making it one of the largest municipalities in the state.
The argument that is being made by Campbell and other opponents is whether Coral Springs needs an extravagant Taj Mahal style city hall with unnecessary and over-the-top bells and whistles? Why does Coral Springs, a city that has been in terminal decline need a municipal complex that resembles a luxurious hotel or spa? Other south Florida cities have spent $10 million or less than that for new modern and spacious city hall complexes. Why does Coral Springs have to spend so much more than those other cities?
The most comical aspect of Powers’ promoting of the project is saying the new city won’t cost more taxes. What he isn’t telling you is he and the current commission majority is raising taxes now! They are raising property taxes, waste fees, garbage fees, fire fees, debt fees, and more. Yet, Powers continues to mislead the voters of the city on economic issues.
This new municipal complex is simply put an irresponsible giveaway to contributor at Coral Springs citizens expense endangers the fiscal health of the city. Powers has made his campaign about this issue more than any other and this gives Coral Springs citizens yet another reason to question the motives and actions of the current commission majority.