Alamogordo city commissioner opposes city funds for space museum

There are 8 comments on the Jan 12, 2013, Alamogordo Daily News story titled Alamogordo city commissioner opposes city funds for space museum. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

The New Mexico Museum of Space History will get a $300,000 grant from the city to upgrade its aging IMAX theater equipment.

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old timer

Alamogordo, NM

#1 Jan 13, 2013
This commission is being fiscally irresponsible for voting for this. If they want to give it back to the state why dont they give it back to the agency that they borrowed it from?
Krazy

Alamogordo, NM

#2 Jan 13, 2013
These idiots oppose the Space Museum but they want to buy a failed business in Tularosa? Only in Alamogordo.
old timer

Alamogordo, NM

#3 Jan 13, 2013
Krazy wrote:
These idiots oppose the Space Museum but they want to buy a failed business in Tularosa? Only in Alamogordo.
it is the county that is potentially buying the pellet factory not the city.
TDK

Alamogordo, NM

#4 Jan 13, 2013
old timer wrote:
<quoted text>it is the county that is potentially buying the pellet factory not the city.
It is really the same thing. They are all alike.
Read it again

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Jan 13, 2013
old timer wrote:
This commission is being fiscally irresponsible for voting for this. If they want to give it back to the state why dont they give it back to the agency that they borrowed it from?
The commissioner that is quoted opposing it doesn't even know where the money is coming from. The commissioner said he thought the money was coming from something the city collected from the state, the reporter pointed out the money is coming from interest saved by a bond refinancing.
I agree that it's dumb and a waste for city money to go to a state museum. But i did also read in a previous article that the state has not spent the money to up grade the museum for a very llong time. I also think the community should be good Stewards of what we have. The community should make the state do it. Now that city tax payer money has gone to it, we can demand the state do one better since it's their building. We benefit from tourism dollars with the museum being here anyways. If we make it better then maybe it will continue to benefit us.
Reread this article and the one about the museum earlier this week. I don't think the opposing commissioner knows what this museum means to this community or even where the tax payer money is coming from.
Some Info

Alamogordo, NM

#6 Jan 13, 2013
Read it again wrote:
<quoted text>
The commissioner that is quoted opposing it doesn't even know where the money is coming from. The commissioner said he thought the money was coming from something the city collected from the state, the reporter pointed out the money is coming from interest saved by a bond refinancing.
I agree that it's dumb and a waste for city money to go to a state museum. But i did also read in a previous article that the state has not spent the money to up grade the museum for a very llong time. I also think the community should be good Stewards of what we have. The community should make the state do it. Now that city tax payer money has gone to it, we can demand the state do one better since it's their building. We benefit from tourism dollars with the museum being here anyways. If we make it better then maybe it will continue to benefit us.
Reread this article and the one about the museum earlier this week. I don't think the opposing commissioner knows what this museum means to this community or even where the tax payer money is coming from.
Is that city commissioner Josh Rardin?

Actually the money will only go towards the museum '''if''' the state itself appropriates $300,000 dollars toowards it during the 2013 legislative session due to start next week.

So if the state decides not to fund it this year then alamogordo's share of the money will come back to the city.
josh rardin

Alamogordo, NM

#7 Jan 13, 2013
The money that is being used is from the refinace of the 2004 quality of life bond. I was on the commishion when we refinance it in late 2011. When we did it we sent in a list of projects that we told the state that we would use this money for. This project was not on the list. We refinanced the bond because the rates were so good. We borrowed an additional 4.2 million dollars from the new mexico finance authority also known as NMFA. The taxpayers of Alamogordo are paying interest on this money. If we want to give it to the state why not give it to NMFA and pay down the principal on the loan. That would be a fiscally responsible use for the money instead of giving it the dept. of cultural affairs. I feel the museum is a valuable part of Alamogordo but think that the state needs to cough upsome money and refurbish this museum. All the museums up north of I-40 are really nice and are not run down so why cant the state refurbish ours? The museum staff needs to get the legislators for this area to go up there and get them some money instead of the city paying for it.
Read it again wrote:
<quoted text>
The commissioner that is quoted opposing it doesn't even know where the money is coming from. The commissioner said he thought the money was coming from something the city collected from the state, the reporter pointed out the money is coming from interest saved by a bond refinancing.
I agree that it's dumb and a waste for city money to go to a state museum. But i did also read in a previous article that the state has not spent the money to up grade the museum for a very llong time. I also think the community should be good Stewards of what we have. The community should make the state do it. Now that city tax payer money has gone to it, we can demand the state do one better since it's their building. We benefit from tourism dollars with the museum being here anyways. If we make it better then maybe it will continue to benefit us.
Reread this article and the one about the museum earlier this week. I don't think the opposing commissioner knows what this museum means to this community or even where the tax payer money is coming from.
josh rardin

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Jan 13, 2013
I was wrong on the year of the bond i think it is the 1998 bond not the 2004
josh rardin wrote:
The money that is being used is from the refinace of the 2004 quality of life bond. I was on the commishion when we refinance it in late 2011. When we did it we sent in a list of projects that we told the state that we would use this money for. This project was not on the list. We refinanced the bond because the rates were so good. We borrowed an additional 4.2 million dollars from the new mexico finance authority also known as NMFA. The taxpayers of Alamogordo are paying interest on this money. If we want to give it to the state why not give it to NMFA and pay down the principal on the loan. That would be a fiscally responsible use for the money instead of giving it the dept. of cultural affairs. I feel the museum is a valuable part of Alamogordo but think that the state needs to cough upsome money and refurbish this museum. All the museums up north of I-40 are really nice and are not run down so why cant the state refurbish ours? The museum staff needs to get the legislators for this area to go up there and get them some money instead of the city paying for it.<quoted text>

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