Some have said that the city manager and his crew did the wrong thing in trying to foist an issuance of 40 million dollars of certificates of obligation primarily in order to fund shortfalls in the quality of life project funding.
Watching the video of the presentation before council we see that members of city staff had previously been asked by city council to come forward with suggestions as to how to fund the shortfalls.
Some might argue that city staff should have come forward with better suggestions. They would be right.
However, from what we can see the city manager acted in accordance with the instructions that city council gave him.
Unfortunately we did not see council asking the city manager to provide solutions that did not involve spending additional money.
Many of us know that the problem here is that the prior city manager, mayor, and city councils provided us with under-estimates of what the projects would cost. This was either an act of omission or commission but in either case the taxpayers are the ones that will pay for their acts.
It is unfortunate that we are not hearing discussions about de-funding some of the projects. They might start with the arena and the cultural center.
Those are luxuries. We have necessities like roads that are not being funded.
We deserve better