YOUR OPINION: Nick Tomboulides Says Brevard Commission ‘Did Their Job’ Abolishing Children’s Services Council
By Nicolas Tomboulides // January 29, 2019
YOUR OPINION: Nick Tomboulides
By Nicolas Tomboulides
One way or another, the Children’s Services Council (CSC) is determined to take your money.
Last week, this swamp-dwelling cabal suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in county history.
It was abolished by the Brevard County Commission in a unanimous 5-0 vote, but not before a public meltdown from CSC spokeswoman Kathryn Rudloff, who nuked her own cause by lobbing childish insults at Commission Chair Kristine Isnardi.
It is unclear how Rudloff decided that emulating Lindsey Lohan’s character from “Mean Girls” was the way to a politician’s heart. She has since apologized for her tantrum.
Nevertheless, Rudloff refuses to accept the decision our democratically-elected commissioners made to not fund her CSC. She has chosen to sue the citizens of Brevard County in order to force us to fund her extravagant welfare program.
That means hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars will now be wasted defending a legitimate decision by duly-elected leaders. All because special interests are looking to line their pockets.
The irony of this situation shouldn’t be lost on anyone. Just a week ago, advocates for higher CSC taxes — including Rudloff — entered the County chambers and insisted the people of Brevard County were behind their idea.
Then the democratic process played out. Speaker after speaker denounced the CSC as a slush fund, while arguing that true compassion is best expressed through private charity.
Commissioners then did their jobs, by putting ordinary citizens’ needs ahead of CSC staffers who stood to gain financially.
Having been rejected by the people, what is the CSC’s plan B? Take the people to Court!
Of course, the legal argument here is specious and the county is likely to win. Commissioners merely repealed an ordinance they themselves had created. But the lawsuit — which started as a threat to obtain public funding — will not come cheap.
CSC members are quite bitter, having just missed out on $130 million in funds to redistribute among themselves. They won’t hesitate to cause trouble for the county as retaliation.
While unfair, this lawsuit is a small price to pay compared to the damage a fully-funded Council would have done. In the 11 counties where taxpayers already fund them, CSCs are cauldrons of corruption — designed more to dole out six-figure salaries than help children.
Every citizen of Brevard should be proud of our commissioners for the principled stand they took. Rita Pritchett, Curt Smith, Bryan Lober, John Tobia and especially Kristine Isnardi stood up for us. And we owe them our gratitude.
– Nicolas Tomboulides
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