Some serious planning going on

Well it appears that the city does not think that city staff or the Tax Increment Reinvestment Boards have the experience to manage the money that they are carving out of the tax base.

This item is on the Tuesday, August 21, 2018 city council consent agenda:

3.1. That the City Manager be authorized to sign a Professional and Planning Services Agreement between the City of El Paso and David Pettit Economic Development, LLC. (“Contractor”), for Contractor to provide professional and planning services related to Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones and Public Improvement Districts within the City of El Paso, for a term of twenty four (24) months for an amount not to exceed Two Hundred Eighty Thousand and no/100 Dollars ($280,000.00) including reimbursements for expenses not to exceed Seven Thousand Five Hundred and no/100 Dollars ($7,500.00).


Evidently you have to be pretty sophisticated to handle this stuff.

We deserve better.


6 Responses to Some serious planning going on

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sadly government in El Paso has been extremely corrupt for some time. Eventually time will allow the truth to surface. In all oppressive systems something will give, the people here could turn out to Vote. Until then, I’ve got this little box to comment in.


  2. Buckle Up says:

    Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones and Public Improvement Districts are real estate developer schemes. If you look at Pettit’s track record, he is all about real estate development and those other schemes called “public/private” partnerships. Buckle up. There are going to be more free rides at your expense. The areas outside of those zones and districts are going to see reduced services and will decay. It’s going to be ugly. Pettit is just one more carpetbagger taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of El Paso.


  3. good governance oxymoron says:

    Social engineering at it’s worst.
    City disinvestment via TIRZ is just another scheme to create blight and use it as an excuse to redevelop targeted areas.


    • Fed Up says:

      Just the opposite. It is to manipulate the distribution of tax dollars and make sure that certain people’s tax dollars are not shared with other areas of the city. Blight in certain areas will be a result, but the schemers do not care about areas other than those where they live or do business.


      • good governance oxymoron says:

        Unfortunately some of those schemers use the resulting blight as an excuse to redevelop targeted areas.


  4. Anon says:

    If you’ve ever served on a City Board (including a TIRZ) you would agree that the majority of El Pasoans appointed to serve on those boards are barely qualified to pour water out of a boot. They are appointed by Council members and their main qualification seems to be “supporter.” City business is serious and complicated and deserves management by those who understand the multitude of issues involved.


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