IS IT TRUE September 2, 2013
IS IT TRUE that the Civic Center Moles have been working overtime this weekend and have unearthed a tidbit that the City County Observer and the people of Evansville who support rational investment decisions and transparency have been demanding for a couple of months now?…it seems as though the powers that be in the Office of the Mayor are finally taking the threat to hold the HOTEL deal in committee and the very real possibility that the VOTES ARE NOT THERE TO PASS IT as the reality that the CCO has known for a good long time seriously?…in the face of what is certainly an unexpected and unwelcome reality that this is not the cakewalk they were hoping for Councilman John Friend’s request for a “GRANT APPLICATION” is about to get a response?…we have it on good authority that City Attorney Ted Ziemer is burning the midnight oil to put together the documents that he has that will possibly meet the requirements for VETTING that Councilman Friend has been asking for all summer?
IS IT TRUE the vote on this hotel in its present form is scheduled for one week from today?…VETTING a package of this magnitude is not a fast process so assuming that the Mayor’s office delivers a complete “GRANT APPLICATION” from HCW may not be completed by September 9th’s vote?…as we and others have demanded the vote should not be held until after the budget hearings have been completed AND until after the results of the 2012 audit are made public?…only after these two things are on the table can learned people made a cognizant decision to move forward with any grant to a hotel developer?…if the YES votes were in place today to pass this GRANT, the Mayor would not have disclosed any of this information?…it is pretty common knowledge that there are still two members of the City Council who have not yet expressed a position on this GRANT and that the vote if held today would be 4 – 3 with a coin flip deciding the leader?…the hard line locked in vote is now 3 – 3?…after 6 town hall meetings and the mood of the city fractured this little game of tic-tac-toe is heading for a single vote margin that is anyone’s guess?…that is why the Office of the Mayor has finally gotten in the mood for VETTING?…the dog and pony show did not work as planned?
IS IT TRUE it was revealed last week that the downtown TIF collected only $6.9 Million in 2012 and spent $8.4 Million which is unsustainable?…it was also revealed and reported that the same downtown TIF will have expenses in 2013 of $18.4 Million due to the Ford Center lease of $10 Million per year for 26 years?…there is no way the TIF will collect that much money in 2013 but does have a rainy day fund accumulated of just under $8 Million meaning the TIF will have about $15 Million available in 2013?…we are trying to learn where the other $3.4 Million will come from and where the $11.5 Million shortfall in 2014 will be coming from?…bondholders must be paid and when the TIF does not have the means there is a backup plan that involved tapping taxpayer dollars?…we hope to be able to report these sources to you in the near future as the WOLF IS NOW AT THE DOOR, and former Mayor Weinzapfel’s revenue expectations for Ford Center just has not happened according to that dog and pony show?
IS IT TRUE that the CCO would like to commend Courier and Press editor Tim Etheridge on his editorial about the “golden opportunity” as we called it that the outcry from the African American community has handed the EPD?…it is good to be in agreement with the CP that this form of negative feedback is a time to change the status quo to raise the level of life in Evansville?…the other editorial by an unnamed author in the CP that the City Council should end the nonsense and “just build it” mimicked the head in the sand article from “Our Times” from a week ago?…the CP editorial chose to get on board with the party line that vetting is not necessary and that tax money should be thrown at a hotel in whatever magnitude is required?…the article was full of errors and should be an insult to the thinking class of Evansville?…we are glad that the Office of the Mayor has seen the light and is about to get on the “Just VET it” program no matter how much reality it took to get them there?