As we wrote in $10 million that the city says they don’t need:
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”.
At the time a city appointed committee that included our district attorney, former county judge, former United States congressman and the former national president of LULAC said that they would raise $20 million to support the center.
According to a recent article in the Times the group and its successors has managed to raise $15,400 in the last two years.
Now a board member of the Mexican American Cultural Institute has told city council:
“When the subcommittee gave their report to the city, it was a different group of people than the organization that became the Mexican American Cultural Institute today. The $20 million is that subcommittee’s assessment on what would be a viable amount to raise. That was not a pledge from MACI proper.”
The other day someone from MACI addressed council and told them that they need still more money.
As voters we approved $5.7 million. City council later voted to add $10 million that we evidently did not need for roads and things like that. Now the estimated cost will be $34.6 million.
As it turns out the center will be too expensive for MACI to operate so it wants city council to pay for the operating costs in addition to coming up with another $18.9 million to bring the total to $34.6 million.
There’s still more!
The group also wants to keep all (any) of the revenue generated. In addition they want control over what events will be held at the center.
Let’s get real
The simple fact is that this group does not have the public support to build such a center. Otherwise they would have been able to raise more money.
Thank you city council!
Council would have none of this nonsense. They unanimously voted to send the group back to the drawing board and set an October 1, 2017 deadline for the group to come back with a better proposal.
Our proposal is that we use the $5.7 million that the voters wanted to spend and call the facility the “Heritage Cultural Center” as the voters approved.
We deserve better