An open letter from Mayor Van Johnson

Van Johnson

Van Johnson

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 15:19 PM.

 

Editor’s note: The following was submitted Jan. 17 as an open letter to the people of the cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle, regarding “a fair method of RESTORE Act distribution.”

 

The real question regarding the RESTORE Act fine funds is how the monies will be allocated among the qualified projects in the area designated as being disproportionately impacted by the RESTORE Act. There is nothing in the RESTORE Act that gives this answer or specifies how this is to be done.

The county commissions that lie within this area of disproportionate impact with the help of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), got together to come up with a plan to fairly, simply and without controversy or conflict distribute among themselves the 75 percent of the fine funds directed by the RESTORE Act to the entire area (from Escambia County to Wakulla County) of designated disproportionate impact.

After carefully considering the question and with the expressed goals of fairness, simplicity and avoidance of conflict, these county commissions came up with a distribution plan that would eliminate the presence of political bias or influence and incorporate an objective mathematical formula that would be agreed to in the distribution of this overall amount proportionately to each county area within the entire area of disproportionate impact and do it simply, consistently and to avoid conflict and even the appearance of unfairness among their peers.

This distribution plan that utilizes a mathematical formula to allocate the fine monies to each county area within the entire area of disproportionate impact arrived at by all of the county commissions has been tweaked recently – “to provide and better ensure fairness in the proportional objective distribution of the disproportionate impact RESTORE Act funds being divided among them.”



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