Once upon a time in America, only white male property owners were allowed to vote.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler apparently pines for those good ol’ days when property owners had special privileges.
Seiler railroaded through the Fort Lauderdale City Commission earlier this month a resolution that has a property ownership requirement for any member of a new key city advisory board.
The Infrastructure Task Force will examine the condition of Fort Lauderdale’s roads, sidewalks, airports, seawalls, water and sewer pipes, treatment plants, well fields, parks and all other facilities. Members will then recommend to City Hall how to pay for needed repairs or replacement.
Every structure threatened by growth, climate change and aging is on the table. Renters, however, don’t have a seat at that table.
Seiler gave the age-old excuse for excluding renters: “The burden to pay (for infrastructure) will be on the payers of property tax.”