The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Thursday, December 27th, Day 246 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
The Red-face Ratt tried to pull a fast one on White Springs residents earlier this year regarding the Town’s Charter. He wanted to take away more of your citizens’ rights and expand his powers and those of the “Gang of Three”, and his Lapdog so he could funnel more funds and other benefits to the “Cousins” What the Ratt proposed and the approach he tried to use to implement a revised Town Charter was simply to ask his “Gang of Three” members Mindless “Splain it to me” Vice Mayor Tanja and illegal alien Suck-up “Mini-Me Despot” Mayor Lofty to vote with himself and change the Charter with a three to two vote. Unfortunately for the Ratt, several White Springs residents who happened to have read the Town Charter, were familiar with the process to modify the Charter, rose and spoke on your behalf.
The Ratt’s face grew brighter and brighter red as they spoke. In fact, several attendees commented that the Ratt looked like he was going to explode. The Despot Mayor was trying to have everyone manacled and removed, but residents kept stepping forward. The residents pointed out that the Town Charter does not provide any legal authority to the Town Council to make any changes to the Charter, only to propose changes. The sole legal authority to make changes resides with the White Springs’ voters. They suggested that if the Ratt wanted to have these changes made to the Charter that he should comply with Section 10.03 -Charter Amendment Procedures, which states the Council needs to put it to a vote of the electorate. Of course, the Ratt did not look happy. He likes to get his own way and that didn’t happen. You know what the Ratt says, “Us Cousins got to stick together”.
Now the White Springs’ Town Charter works, more or less, but it has a bunch of problems. There’s no question that it can be improved to much better reflect the needs and desires of the electorate. And there are a whole variety of administrative issues, beyond the waste, misuse and theft that have been prevalent under the Ratt, designed to limit your ability to affect how your funds are spent, no matter who you put in office.
The time has come for the electorate to make the changes they need and want. The Charter reserves that right exclusively for you. Here’s a couple of thoughts! All 412 Municipalities in Florida have Villages, Town or City Charters. Florida Statute requires that every one of these documents be publicly available. Pick a couple of Municipalities and request copies of their Charters. You might even be able to download the documents over the Internet. The White Springs Town Charter has been online. Compare it to other Municipalities. Pick and choose sections that you believe will improve White Springs and ensure the Town Council and the Town Administration is responsive to your needs. Once you have a new Town Charter, all you need to do is submit it to the Town as part of a referendum petition. That requires ten percent of your fellow voters (about 50) to agree with you and to sign a petition. The Town must conduct an election which provides every registered voter an opportunity to agree or disagree with the proposed Charter.
You want a better, more responsive White Springs’ government, this is your opportunity. Get involved. Learn how the Rat, his “Gang” and the Lapdog are screwing you every day. Learn how you can return control to the residents of this Town. Take every opportunity to report corrupt activities and criminal behavior both on the streets of White Springs and throughout Town Hall. Help put White Springs’ criminals in pink handcuffs. Call the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000.