Several Florence residents attended Monday night’s Town Council meeting to express their concern. Here are some of their comments:
“The Town has spent to date $1.2 million in legal fees mostly to attorneys opposing Florence Copper and now has budgeted an additional $300,000 in the new budget to continue that fight. Assuming the Town will spend that amount that would bring the total to about $1.5 million. If that isn’t wasteful spending then I don’t know what you call it … Folks, I think you’re playing a losing hand … It’s time for the town to cut its losses. Rather than budgeting $300,000 for continuing legal costs … put it in a contingency fund for unforeseen expenses. I have a feeling you’re going to need it.”
- Wilbur Freeman, Former Mayor of Florence and Florence resident
“With so many pressing demands on its revenue, I am concerned about the $300,000 that the Town Council is planning to budget to pay for the costly legal fees to fight the Florence Copper Project. $300,000 is a lot of money!”
- H. Douglas Carlson, Florence resident
In the coming weeks, Florence residents have the right to attend the public Town Council meetings at the Florence Town Hall and express their thoughts and ideas about the future spending of Florence tax dollars.
Your presence will help encourage the Florence Town Council to budget wisely.