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Editorial: No one is against the kids
WCN EditorialSeptember 12, 2012 | 1,442 views | 2 comments
It’s one thing to want to accomplish a certain goal.
It’s another thing entirely when that goal takes money from taxpayers and uses it in ways that they have clearly stated they do not want.
Floresville taxpayers have not said they are against providing fields for youth sports. They have said they want to see a plan, and they want to see the existing fields maintained. They have signed a petition asking for a vote on the matter.
Still, the mayor and three council members continued with their pursuit of a sports complex using taxpayer funds.
The situation was complicated when one member of the council resigned in order to run for mayor. That left behind what would amount to a 2-2 vote on controversial issues -- those issues primarily being the building of a taxpayer-funded sports complex.
In the meantime, the city council and the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) agreed to circumvent the wishes of the petitioners by going around the “certificates of obligation” specified in the petition. The FEDC voted to borrow $2.1 million to construct the sports complex for the city.
That’s when two councilmen took a stand “by putting a halt to the apparent voting bloc” on the council, saying they felt the citizens had had their voice taken from them.
In the meantime, the county attorney filed suit against the FEDC for violating the Texas Open Meetings Act on July 23 when its board voted to fund the sports complex.
The suit “seeks a court order declaring the FEDC’S action at that meeting unlawful, and an injunction restraining the FEDC, and its board members, from borrowing money based on the actions taken at the July 23 meeting.”
Now, the “City of Floresville, Daniel Tejada,” is suing the four remaining city council members, asking district court to compel the four to “fulfill the obligations of their office” and attend a scheduled Sept. 13 meeting in which approval of the sports complex was listed among the items on the original agenda.
How are all these lawsuits going to help the kids or the taxpayers? Wouldn’t a simple election allowing taxpayers to decide whether or not they wanted the sports complex have been the easiest way to settle this matter?
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