Posts Tagged ‘voting city council’

ACC on the Agenda.

1. March 2011

The Arts of Collin County project is finally on the Frisco City Council agenda tonight. In light of this, I’m going to repost links to my old posts about it in the hope that it might change someone’s mind. This project is a bad idea, y’all, and here’s why:

Arts of Collin County.

On the Poor Timing of the ACC.

These two take on both its idealogical failings and fiscal perils. Please read them, pass them on and come out in support of getting the ACC added to the ballot so that the citizens who are going to have to pay for it have a chance to vote on it.

Arts of Collin County.

1. June 2010

Today, after weeks of debate about the Arts of Collin County project, the City Attorney announced that the petition filed by the Frisco Tea Party to introduce a referendum to allow voters to decide whether or not to release the rest of the bonds was invalid. Apparently, the Frisco Tea Party didn’t file the petition correctly.

It seems that the only way for the bonds to be stopped is for the council introduce the measure themselves. As it stands, there are three members who would support the measure and three who wouldn’t. However, place four is up for grabs and if John Keating wins that seat, the measure stands a good chance of being introduced.

It’s not that I have anything against the arts and such. I played the trumpet for five years and enjoy creating the occasional piece of art. But at this time, it is not a good idea to spend additional funds that the city already doesn’t have to build a nonessential building which is predicted to run deficits forever. If the project can be redesigned so that it’s shown to be solvent, I’m all for it.

The economic climate is such that no one needs to be spending more than is absolutely necessary. The Arts of Collin County project, while surely culturally enriching is not necessary. The argument has recently even made in favor the the ACC that construction costs are much lower because the economy has tanked. However, it is not enough to make up for the fact that McKinney has dropped out of the project, costing the other three parties approximately nineteen million dollars.

If this project was really as popular as its proponents make it out to be, allowing the public to re-vote on releasing the bonds would only serve to show how important it is to the people of this city. If, on the other hand, the people really want to postpone the project until the economy recovers, allowing them to vote on the measure is the right thing to do.

If you are for a fiscally responsible municipal government and lower taxes, you simply cannot support the progression of the Arts of Collin County project at this time. Allowing the people of the city to vote on releasing the rest of the bonds is the right thing to do.