Even though the questions asked during the public hearing on the 8th went unreported, and unaswered, I've had a few people stop me on the street for answers. Thought I should let those who are supposed to ask questions provide the answers for the public. You guys get a pay check for it I don't.
1. Are there any economic development opportunities on the horizon that will help pay for the new complex?
2. Council is expecting a increase of up to a million dollars in VRS payment (not reported). What other state cuts or reduced funding can the city expect?
3. What are the expected impacts of the on going reassessment going to be? Residential is down and commercial is expected to be way down from 4-years ago. How will this impact real estate taxes?
4. What are the impacts on the city services and capital priorities? Can residents expect additional tax increases to maintain city service and other priorities? If so what type of services or projects?
5. Was first told that building on the fire station site would buy the city some time before facing the full cost of the court complex. What happened to this plan? Later staff made it clear that we need a new downtown fire station? Now that the fire station site has been abandoned is there still an urgency for a new fire station? If so, where will it go and at what cost?
6. The Moseley Report case numbers, and previous statement from staff, point to the need of a parking facility just to support the courts. The time for this is 10-years out. If so, why is it not being discussed as part of the overall court project? The city will not even be half way through the court debt when this need will arise. Where will it go and at what cost?
7.We are spending over a million dollars for land acquisition. What is the land in question actually assessed for?
8. We are spending over a million dollars to rehab the "Big Ugly," which the current plan calls for tearing down. How do you justify this expense?
9. How much do city residents benefit from this expenditure for a court complex?
10. If the city can save money on construction costs why is the court complex the number one priority? What about other capital projects on the city's Capital Plan?
I will ask you both just two questions and I would really appreciate a response--
1. Are these valid questions?
2. Have they been answered by the Council majority?