Letter to the Editor:

There is an article that appeared in the Free Press titled “Majeska files to run for Murphy’s seat”. Murphy made some statements in that article that really ought to be clarified for the voters and the taxpayers. Referring to Key Largo, Murphy is reported to have said:

“We are not up here paying one bit more than the people down the road, even though their assessment is lower,” she told the Free Press.

That is self-contradictory. How does Key Largo pay the same if their assessment is higher? According to a report dated November 2014, the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment estimates that it will collect $73.1 million spread over 14,054 EDU’s. That is $5,201 per EDU. According to a report prepared by Monroe County, they estimate that they will collect $59.6 million spread over 14,117 EDU’s. That works out to be $4,222.

Citizens in Key Largo also pay for their project out of rates – about $8 of the $33.60 base charge goes to pay off debt. The report prepared by the District estimates that about $10.5 million will come out of rates to pay for the capital cost of the project. That’s another $744 per EDU.

Between assessments and rates, Key Largo citizens will contribute $1,690 per EDU more than citizens in the other unincorporated areas. In addition to that, there are interest charges and other miscellaneous costs.

Murphy contradicts herself again by saying:

“Over a period of two or three years, yes, everyone gets treated equally. But, say, within six months, no, they do not. But everybody gets a fair shake.”

First she says that Key Largo doesn’t pay “one bit more” even though their assessments are higher. Then she says over a period of two or three years everyone will be treated equally. None of this makes sense.

Murphy needs to clarify her statements. She also needs to provide documents to back up what she’s saying, because the documents available right now contradict her claims.

This is typical of the double talk taxpayers Keys-wide get from county officials. It needs to stop. Key Largo got shafted on the financial end of the wastewater projects. Cudjoe Regional customers have been fed all kinds of misinformation about their project. Self-contradictory statements like this from a County Commissioner only make matters worse. The taxpayers need honest, fact-based, straightforward information not this gobbledy-gook.

Margaret Blank
Key Largo taxpayer

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