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Letter: Floresville needs better streets or a sports complex?
Voters of Floresville, it is time to wake up and get involved in your city government. On April 26, I attended the city council meeting and it was an eye-opener.
On the agenda, the council was considering a resolution to authorize and approve publication of notice of intention to issue Certificates of Obligation, complying with the requirements contained in the Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 15C2-12, and providing an effective date.
This means that the city was trying to borrow $1.8 million to build the much- talked-about sports complex. The city mayor, through the council and other presenters, stated that the $1.8 million would be paid for by the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), paying the city $125,000 per year for 20 years.
The city mayor was pushing the sports complex because the voters of Floresville voted to have a sports complex, and pay for it through the one-quarter percent tax that goes to the FEDC for such projects.
The problem here is that the FEDC is supposed to be paying the Alamo Colleges and its Floresville campus $100,000 per year, and is behind in its obligation by two years.
How can the city depend on the FEDC to meet its commitment to the city when the FEDC cannot meet its commitment to the Alamo Colleges? What other commitments is the FEDC delinquent on?
The mayor is using two votes, eight and 16 years ago in 1996 and 2004, to do this. Shouldn’t the city have another vote on whether or not the citizens of Floresville want to take a chance on going into debt with the current economy?
If the FEDC cannot pay the city the $125,000 per year, the city will have to raise your property taxes to pay for this. The city has not produced any plans for the sports complex. The current event center payments are $100,000 per year, and will jump to $1.3 million per year in 2016. Where is all of this money coming from?
To the voters of Floresville, if you support the building of this sports complex, call the city mayor and your councilperson, and tell them, and do the same if you do not support the sports complex. Attend city council meetings and speak up.
Would you prefer to have better streets and secure water and sewage for your homes, or a sports complex?
JOHN E. MORING
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