Monday, August 1, 2011

Why I’m running for Palm Bay City Council Seat 2

After living in New York City for almost 30 years, I realized that I was economically burdened by the following:

  • High taxes and more than one kind of taxation
  • Numerous and out-of-control fees
  • An ever-growing and corrupt local bureaucracy without accountability
After the birth of my son, Antonio, I looked at several towns around America where me and my wife can raise our children and have the economic freedom that we haven’t experienced in the big city. That’s when we found the City of Palm Bay… and we fell in love with this town. We were attracted to the sunny skies, the lush vegetation, the beach and fishing recreation, the mixture of rural areas and small town neighborhoods, and the low taxes – relative to where we lived.

Unfortunately, and much to our chagrin, we find the same elements that turned our previous home into an expensive, crime-ridden city taking root in our city: Increasing property taxes, new fees to grab revenue, and a high-salary, big local government. If we continue this course, we will lose our city and quite possibly our homes.

As your new City Council Member I will bring the following decisive agenda to our City Council:

  • Lower property tax rates
  • No new fees and No old fees that are designed to grab revenue
  • A balanced budget every year
  • A smaller and limited government that will provide essential services at top quality with a renewed focus on infrastructure (e.g. roads, sidewalks, etc…)E
  • Eliminate red-light cameras
  • Look at city ordinances which may be a burden to property owners and businesses
  • Let The People Vote! Abide by the City Charter and allow the people to decide if they want to pay more for services or projects.

I know that I will be only one of five Council Members, but I believe these things can happen with firm leadership, persistence and most of all, your help. I hope that you will lend me your support and help me get elected in November 2012 for Palm Bay City Council Member Seat 2.

I will be making frequent updates and sharing more on facebook as well as the release of my website.

Thank you and God Bless.

Harry Santiago Jr.

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