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We have a paid EDC staff, we have a sitting EDC board, we have an elected city government and millions of dollars in salaries for city employees (including the manager) and we need to "find the money" to pay a consultant to define our vision for economic growth. Buck passing at the highest levels. DO YOUR JOBS!
JD, Federal, State, Local; it doesn't matter it is still TAXpayer dollars. I think the point is "do we have a real need for a $40 million dollar bridge"? Broad Avenue has been closed for years and we've managed so what is the compelling reason for a new bridge? This project like so many is an example of the self perpetuation of government, in this case the DOT. We're broke we can't afford non-essential projects, programs, agencies, benefits, handouts, etc.etc.
The current bus system is a money drain and this new toy will only add to our losses. The taxpayers will be paying for operation and upkeep of this debacle forever. I asked at one of the public hearings what the O&M costs were projected to be and was directed to a City employee who informed me that "things like that would be evaluated later in the process". Free money is killing Albany taxpayers.
spLOST is a clever way to avoid going to the property owners and demanding more taxes. The "it's only a penny" tactic is easy to sell compared to a millage increase. Don't get duped. The answer is financial responsibility not more money. If these clowns had twice the budget it wouldn't be enough.
University Gardens $500K plus Cutliff Grove $374K plus God only knows what else and NO ONE is responsible? Someone's head should roll for this debacle. How about starting with Ms. Cutts and her whole department.
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