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Section A: General News


Editorial: Sports complex puts the cart before the horse




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George Rodriguez
Guest Editorial
April 11, 2012 | 2,064 views | 13 comments

The Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) passed a resolution during its April 2 meeting. The resolution requires a public hearing on a sports complex sponsored by the FEDC, and apparently by the Floresville City Council.

This action is curious for several points. First, this project has not been brought before the voters of Floresville, yet there is a hearing planned. How can the FEDC board approve to fund a project that does not yet exist? While the sports complex has been discussed informally, the public has not seen evidence that the city has approved it. Isn’t it premature to consider issuing bonds to build a project that has not been approved?

Second, if the primary function of the FEDC is to support “projects” that include land, buildings, equipment, facilities, expenditures, targeted infrastructure, and/or improvements, and which will create or retain jobs, how does funding a sports complex equal economic development? There seems to be a question as to how “economic development” is being defined and described.

Third, given there are greater infrastructure needs in Floresville that were identified in the city’s Draft Master Plan, such as the repair and maintenance of older, existing parks, and repair and maintenance of waterlines, why is a sports complex receiving priority funding? Public safety and infrastructure should be the primary concerns of government, and the free market can take care of the economic development.

Floresville’s liberal city leaders seem to be following the same playbook as other liberal politicians in Texas have followed. They assume they know what is best for their community over and without the consent of the governed. In Bexar County, County Judge Nelson Wolff is bound and determined to spend local transportation funds for a trolley project, even though the voters have already said they don’t want this. Former Mayor Henry Cisneros built the Alamodome, claiming the NFL would come to San Antonio if it was built. The NFL never did come, except when Katrina moved the Saints temporarily to the Alamodome.

The liberals’ approach of “if you build it, they will come” works only in the movies. The free market is best for developing any economy -- national, state, or local. The taxpayers of Floresville should be wary of how the cart is being placed before the horse in this project.

According to the Development Act of 1979 in Texas, “the public has a right to gather a petition objecting to a particular Section 4B project. The petition must be submitted within 60 days of the first published notice of a specific project or type of project and must be signed by more than 10 percent of the registered voters of the city.” The citizens of Floresville, and all Texas communities, should keep this in mind as local governments face limited financial resources, but yet local liberal politicians want to spend money on projects under the guise of economic development.

George Rodriguez is president of the San Antonio Tea Party. He also worked for 20 years in housing and community development.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
April 17, 2012 3:21pm
 
So Jim is barking? With some, the bark is worse than the bite; but I couldn't count on it!

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
April 17, 2012 9:47am
 
I know, huh? Only 400+ people listening to Jim.... And only you listening to your brother. Let me ask you this, Debbie: aside from your nanny nanny boo boo commentary, do you have any actual substance to bring to the discussion? ... More ›

 
Save Floresville  
Here  
April 17, 2012 9:07am
 
Awe poor Jim barking up a storm but the only one listening is himself. It's ok Jim we know what a rambler you are.

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
April 16, 2012 10:25am
 
I believe the current grand jury can request a Ranger investigation. It would also seem that if the elected DA refuses to act the Atty. General could step in.

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
April 16, 2012 10:13am
 
Who is protecting the taxpayer? The Floresville Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) published a “Legal Notice” in the San Antonio Express News on April 11, 2012 notifying the taxpayers of their intention to enter into ... More ›

 
Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
April 15, 2012 9:03pm
 
If it is time to call in the Texas Rangers, then let's do it before it gets any worse. Let's put King Danny and his cohorts away for good. We do not need a Sports Complex, our city streets and infrastructure needs to be repaired. ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
April 15, 2012 1:09pm
 
That is just the sort of leads we need. Thank-you. And I do know exactly who you are talking about. It is obvious - it will be up to us - all citizens that are sick and tried of the tyranny and insanity our local governments ... More ›

 
Boots&HighWaters needed  
Floresville  
April 15, 2012 11:15am
 
If an investigation was ever done on kernal perez they would find that his no. 1 contractor that he uses for all of the edc,s hairbrained construction projects has done many projects at his s.a home, wonder how many fake invoices ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
April 15, 2012 8:32am
 
In yesterdays SA paper in the Metro section - the EX police chief of Helotes pleaded no contest to felony abuse of official capacity. In short he was funneling city money to his son's account. This article said the mayor ... More ›

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
April 14, 2012 12:08pm
 
Are you kidding me? High ranking friends? Umm no. The only elected official in Texas that doesn't think this guy is a joke is Cuellar. And we all know how well Curllar polls around these parts. Even UTSA political science professors ... More ›

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