Editor,

I read the recent Mark Cowling article about the Town of Florence budget. Wow!

Hard to believe some folks are encouraging the Mayor and Council to continue wasting $300,000 a year on lawyer fees when town finances are in such desperate shape.

I say “desperate” because the Council is now looking at cutting services and raising taxes, desperate measures — laying off workers, raising sales and property taxes, raising taxes on food and construction and increasing fees-for-service and imposing new additional fees.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for efficient use of scarce taxpayers’ money. That’s why I’m so perplexed by the outrageous idea of continuing to waste $300,000 on legal fees fighting the State of Arizona and the Environmental Protection Agency over permits issued by them for a copper recovery pilot test facility.

Those decisions by the senior governments have made their decisions, the permits have been issued. It’s time to move on. It’s time for Mayor Walter and the Council to get back to their jobs: managing the Town and delivering services for residents.

Stop the spending. The lawyers up in Scottsdale will just have to find a way to manage without our money!

Paul Corso

Anthem/Florence Resident

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