A City Too Far Jan 14. 2013 | Comments (3)
The new city of Diamondhead has become exactly what opponents to the incorporation petition feared; a runaway train of unnecessary expenses, ordinances, taxes, fees and licenses controlled by a group that has no sense of responsibility for the good of the entire community. Businesses are being negatively impacted, longtime residents are being forced to move out of the community they helped build and young families are reconsidering the rationality of their decision to start a family in the community. All due to a tax structure imposed by what was promised to be a temporary slate of city officials. The result is a decline of property values as few wish to pay exorbitant taxes and fees for little or no services in return.
Questions have arisen concerning the purchase of a church, hiring of a city manager, police procedures, open records and disclosure. Trust issues are rampant as questions concerning the future of the Diamondhead Community have been largely ignored. With no budget constraints unelected “acting officials” have accumulated massive debt leaving many to believe that these actions gravely jeopardize not only the future but the values and principles that made Diamondhead a desirable place to live.
As the rest of this country suffers through tough economic times and seeks less government in their lives, proponent of incorporation rammed through a petition that was obtained by less than honorable means. Little regard for ethics or concerned for the constituents were followed, only what the present officials and their supporter believe is lawful.
Diamondhead, Mississippi has always had the potential to become a truly great community. But under the stewardship of a city government, that potential along with the community itself is being destroyed.