VIDEO: Mayor abruptly resigns after opposing ‘reckless’ use of tax dollars

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A Florida former mayor resigned abruptly earlier this week because he disagreed with the “reckless” way the city council wanted to spend tax dollars, he told Fox News.

“We’ve had very little debt, but the spreadsheets that we were looking at this past Monday showed a number of projects and the funding shortfall was a quarter of a billion dollars,” former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard said. “Local government and government in general needs to be very careful with their resources and also be more creative in the way we solve problems.”

Hibbard, who as mayor voted like a councilmember, was the lone city council voice who opposed constructing a $90 million city hall and municipal building. Clearwater, already facing a quarter billion dollar shortfall for other projects, should be more careful with its resources, Hibbard said.

Hibbard said at a budget meeting Monday, “I’m concerned where the city is going because this is simple math and we’re not doing very well on the test. In good conscience for my family, for my own health and other things, I can’t remain the mayor.”

According to the report, Hibbard noted that the initial cost of the project was $40 million but with inflation and other rising costs that price could reach $100 million.

Council member David Allbritton said after Hibbard’s resignation, “I don’t want anybody freaking out right now about this. We’ve got enough people up here to make the decisions and keep everything on track, and that’s what we plan to do today.”

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Mayor of Tampa, FL Jane Castor commented, “Frank Hibbard is one of the sharpest and most thoughtful public servants in Tampa Bay, deeply committed not only to @MyClearwater, but the entire Tampa Bay region. It has been a pleasure working with him on regional issues.”

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