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Posted: 12 February 2014 06:32 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Well, last night’s City Commission meeting did an excellent job of telling the Fieldhouse Project to go pound sand.  The Mercury mis-reported, according to Commissioners, and the printed Commission 2014 goals mis-stated Commission support of that fiasco.  The City Commission is NOT behind spending $50 million in tax dollars to build playgrounds for the privileged and commit to $2 million/year in tax dollars to operate and maintain those playgrounds.  THANK YOU, City Commissioners!!!  For once, common sense prevailed!!

Four of the 5 Commissioners were quite outspoken in that they did not want anything interpreted that the Commission supported the Fieldhouse Project.  Wynn brought it up.  Karen tossed out some excellent points about demolishing good existing neighborhood facilities to construct a project that were geared towards the traveling team type sports.  Usha has become merely an echo-chamber of Karen.  Rich also did not see the sense in the ridiculous scope of the project.  The commissoner who really surprised me was John.  Supposedly conservative, Matta was reluctant to publicly cut apron strings with the Fieldhouse Project.  I guess being lobbyied for two days in Kansas City had an effect on him.  Just as we’ve seen with the County Commissioners who ran as conservatives and are now trying to set spending records, the “C” tag is only good until you’re elected.  Pretty proud of the four commissioners who did not want anyone misguided that City tax dollars were headed to the Fieldhouse Project.

The County Commission, OTOH, is still working hard in an effort to somehow force the issue that would still sting Manhattan taxpayers for this ill-conceived project.  I don’t see how they can move the Fieldhouse Project forward without the City Commission.  All the existing parks are inside the City of Manhattan and maintained by City staff.  The County does have part ownership of CiCo, but I don’t believe have the power to authorize dozing out of the existing baseball diamonds.  The proposed soccer fields are in Pott County and I would imagine spending money on frivilous projects in Pott County would be sufficient grounds for recall of the Riley County Commissoners.  However, Riley County Commissioners are dead set on spending Riley County and Manhattan tax dolalrs on a visitor’s center in Geary County.  My… how quickly true colors come out once politicians are allowed to operate a county of this size and wont’ even consider the hiring of a professional administrator.

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Posted: 12 February 2014 09:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Don’t forget too that the County Commissioners want to establish a Public Building Commission (PBC) and appoint themselves to it so they can move forward with major capital projects without having to go to the voters for approval.  It will be up to the public to collect signatures on protest petitions to call into the question any decisions by the County Commission acting at the PBC.

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Posted: 13 February 2014 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The Riley County Commisson’s power grab/ego enhancement, being tagged as a Public Building Commission is unbelievable.  Each one of these ran as fiscal conservatives.  They espoused Tea Party style rhetoric, suggesting they would be good stewards of the taxpayer dollars.  Once elected, all three act as if they have swallowed an entire bottle of “ego Viagra”.  This PBC is merely a tool by which millions and millions of tax dollars can be spent… without benefit of being put in front of the voters (taxpayers) who will end up paying the bill.  The more socially and politcally connected will have no whim denied, as long as this trio continues to be wined and dined at country club style events.
Without voter approval, this trio is working to spend millions on a new ambulance barn, even though the newly constructed Manhattan Fire Department stations have space available that could be utilized for this purpose.  This trio is working to hand millions of dollars to the Fieldhouse Project for facilities that will be constructed in Pott County and on City of Manhattan park property.  This trio is going to hand hundreds of thousands to the Chamber for an ill-planned visitor’s center located in Geary County.  And, it appears they are looking at spending millions to construct facilities for the School District… one of the new schools to be located in Pott County… so the District won’t have to go to the voters with another bond referendum. 
The County Commission is also looking at the possibility of reconfiguring MATC as Riley County Community College.  That would give MATC the abilty to levy property tax.  Other similarly configured community colleges in the State are hitting taxpayers with 8 to 10 mil tax bills. 

The PBC idea needs scrapped.

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