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Public Hearing on Courthouse Scheduled

Mark your calendars: the city has scheduled a public hearing about the courthouse facility proposals for May 17 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Eight proposals have been submitted by five teams and will be publicly reviewed at this meeting. The proposals are available for review in the City Manager’s office room at City Hall or you can view them on the city’s website by going here.

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  • Matt Kelly

    It’s now official. Council will not explain to city residents the impact of this project on city services, other city priorities, or city tax rates. Nor are they interested in hearing resident concerns or answering resident’s questions regarding this project. This is not how local government is supposed to work.

  • Fred Howe

    The public has remained silent on this project other than a few City Patriots like Matt who have demanded an explanation of why, accountability as to how we are going to pay for this project with so much yet unfunded and process transparency -before we make any purchase decisions as a City.

    I will speculate that if the public continues to remain un-engaged in this largest Capital project in the history of the City they will experience a significant tax increase, with the Courts project already scheduled for bond issuance in 2012.

    I have said it many times – do not wait to play Monday morning quarterback on the decision being made – either engage now or open your wallet quietly, later. The Council minority voters have done all we can to ensure you have an opportunity to challenge this project before the deal is inked – it’s up to the general public to step up to the plate.

    Respectfully,

    Fred Howe

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