I don't believe any of the board members are against the project. The concern seems to be the amount spent on architects (over $550,000) combined with a financial condition that has the city at the edge of insolvency. Reading a poorly written story by a reporter that was a former member of the parks board, doesn't give you the real picture. There is no funding in the budget and the 2% food and beverage tax has a bond payment that is pledged to support debt service. There hasn't been any business plan established and the architect fees haven't been reimbused at all. The city will also have to float the construction costs. The city clerk has the real numbers if you care to learn the financial facts of this matter. I for one am glad some of the board is at least cautious and willing to take time to make sure the mayor hasn't pulled the wool over their eyes.
Yo know I actually strongly agree with you on watching your monetary ass so to speak but I think the city should risk this, its worth it given its less than 200k. In theory @ least. The city really truly shouldn't have dumped bonds to pay for the "public safety center" that wasn't needed & was just a reason to get the cops to be able to pull over Ingalls "yardbirds" going to & coming home from work or people like me who come into town to shop in Walmart. They like being able to stop & harass you & give you tickets.
That & that huge un-needed overly expensive high school the district dumped bonds also to pay for. I think the Aldermen & the mayor both severally underestimated the compounding costs of the bonds to pay for the expansion of all these projects & for the "Cadillac" police station they didn't need & "Lexus" new high school they didn't need either that's way out in the middle of nowhere.
The problem is that now that they have their 'goodies'-- they had to get rid of the planning dept & gut other depts to the bone & give across-the-board pay freezes or hour cuts to pay for the ability to shake people down for ticket revenue.
All that aside sir you are dead right about the bond that is levied on to the tax & a lot of revenue people assume is there -- really won't be.
But this one thing is almost all paid for & in this one case I do think its worth taking the plunge. Perhaps the mayor & the aldermen will take a slight pay cut stretched out over several yrs to pay for the project. Good luck @ that though.