Updated to include a link to the judge’s ruling. Yay!
The swap agreement between Monroe County and the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (District) cleared another hurdle today. The bond validation hearing went smoothly.
Four years after I raised the funding disparity issue, Key Largo taxpayers still haven’t seen a dime from the county to fix it. I was definitely not the first to bring it up. My predecessor and several sewer board members have also registered their concerns. This has been going on for years. The positive outcome of the bond validation hearing brings Key Largo taxpayers one step closer to basic fairness.
The fact that basic fairness takes a years long battle really speaks to the dysfunctional state of Monroe County government. They fought it every step of the way and I don’t expect that to change. It’s also worth remembering that if the District didn’t have state money to trade, Key Largo taxpayers would be out of luck.
The county could still wriggle out of the swap agreement if they want to, and based on statements made to the press it sure sounds like they want to. But at least now they can’t hide behind the judge.
Here are some more posts about the swap agreement.