City Manager's Buckets Of Money ---$$$
Time is passing
quickly, yet too few Dallas citizens and businesses have yet to express their
outrage at the skyrocketing debt being created daily by a handful of politicians
at Dallas City Hall (heavy debt without voter approval).
begin with, the City's operating budget is
reportedly over budget by approximately $100,000,000.
A Referendum "lurks" in May of 2009
which could easily HALT expenditures for the proposed $386,000,000 Convention
Center Hotel. However, City Officials continue to proceed with Design,
Construction, and Procurement expenditures as if the citizens of Dallas have
approved the projects.
City authorizations have included Architectural contracts, Engineering
contracts, land purchases (parking lot procurement for tens of millions of
dollars), and actual demolition and other pre-construction outlays.
We have to assume that an
environmental impact study, report, and final approval have already been
completed for the hotel project and grounds.
Non-funded cost estimates
already approach or exceed $40 million of non-voter
approved expenditures, plus expenses for the
special referendum election in May brought about because the City
Council did not allow the voters to voice opinions earlier (not even in
traditional town hall meetings which render issue pros and cons).
Such political techniques are not common in a
normal municipal democratic society, but resemble some form of abstract
As if the Convention Hotel costs
were not extremely troublesome, the Trinity River Toll Road Project is
reportedly nearing $1.5 Billion
in unfunded costs, according to NTTA spokespersons.
The NTTA explains simply that the funding is just not available. Very sorry!
The City Manager, however, stated in a publicly attended Council Meeting that the shortfall is
absolutely no problem at all --- "there are buckets of money available"
from many sources. When asked (by Councilman Rasansky) if those
"buckets of money" were taxpayer dollars, the answer was not clear at
all nor was it forthcoming. If not taxpayer dollars, then from where do
the buckets of money come?
responses by a City Manager are completely irresponsible. These anticipated
overrun dollars are horrendous.
If left unchecked, the City Of Dallas will have to purchase a currency printing
press (such as those at the U.S. Treasury Department) in order to cover payments
to those to whom the City has contracted for labor and materials.
Dallas taxpayers must not be
held liable for these gross over-expenditures.
Tax rates must not be raised upon individuals nor businesses
to cover these gross over-expenditures.
Some in Dallas City Government must be held liable for thish
reckless financial misbehavior.
Dallas, Council Dist. 11
City Owned Convention Center
Rad Field, DallasArena.com, 3/4/8