During the Mayoral Election Jim Ireton made numerous statements I'm very confident the masses did not support. Things like the "Lockout Ordinance" where the Mayor and Police Chief could shut down ANY business or resident if the City got two calls over a two year period. Then there was the plan to sell off the Downtown Parking Lots to provide affordable housing. The list went on and on. I'll never forget, right in front of the entire business community in a Chamber of Commerce Forum, Ireton stated, if you can't police your own business, we'll police it for you and IF we can't police your business WE'LL SHUT YOU DOWN.
Moving on to an even more disturbing and recent proposal, GET THIS. Rick Pollitt is working with the City of Salisbury to get the City to donate land next to the Henry Parker Complex. The County wants to EXPAND the ball tournaments there. Now, if you'll recall, your taxes were just raised to SUBSIDIZE the FACT that they are LOSING money and now YOU the taxpayer are footing the bill to help pay for those LOSSES.
As if that isn't bad enough, now the County wants to spend $3,000,000.00 worth of improvements to the proposed donated land by the City, should that go through. So above and beyond the LOSSES, now you'll have to pony up an additional $3,000,000.00, assuring taxes will go UP again under the leadership of Rick Pollitt.
OH WAIT, I'm NOT done yet. Above and beyond really stupid business moves at your expense, the County now wants to spend another $3,500,000.00 to EXPAND the Civic Center. Yes, that's right. They want to build a glassed in area in the front of the Civic Center to create a new Restaurant that will cost a total of $7,000,000.00! The state will pony up the other $3,500,000.00 and the County must match those funds.
In these hard times it is yet another smack in the face of those very hard working independent restaurants that are severely struggling to stay alive. Mr. Paul's Legacy already closed their doors because it was so difficult to compete. The Fountain's and other businesses have struggled to compete with catering from the Civic Center as well as other local businesses.
Getting back to my first paragraph, it makes me wonder just how these politicians can say the exact opposite of what the VOTERS NEED TO HEAR, yet they somehow get elected time and time again. It's almost as if they know in advance they'll have no problem winning an election and in the end when they allegedly do get elected, the voters should simply accept these ridiculous expenses because we must have supported them because we allegedly voted for them.
Now, it's either these elections are rigged OR we have some extremely stupid residents in Salisbury or Wicomico County. YOU MAKE THE CALL, IF YOU CAN.