When we voted it was called a “Heritage Cultural Center” then it was the “Hispanic Cultural Center” and now it is the “Mexican American Cultural Center”.
We wrote about much of the confusion in Bait and switch, incompetence, or fraud?
What is not confusing however are the financial shenanigans related to the center.
We voted to spend $5.7 million as part of the sometime in the future quality of life bonds. A group got together and decided that more money is needed.
Last week the city announced that they would allocate another $10 million to the project (relax, that is less than twice what we were told it would cost).
The Times recently wrote that our city manager said “No city services will be affected”.
We evidently have so much mismanaged debt that city staff can find $10 million for a project just by refinancing debt. The Times article did not tell us whether the refinancing is going to save money because of lower interest rates or because of extended payment terms.
The simple fact is that the $10 million could be used for many other things. We could pay down debt. We could pave a few roads. We could … (reader suggestions are welcome).
We deserve better