O’Fallon has blocked opposition posts and so has the pro lease group; what are we trying to hide if we don’t want this information out? This has been the concern of many citizens, the lack of transparency.
At the Feb. 2 meeting the mayor was asked if they had a short list, he said no. Friday of the same week three companies were set up to come through. Pretty impressive that three large companies were able to coordinate all of that in three days. The mayor also stated that no money has been paid; the RFP guarantees the consulting company no more than $25,000, and since that is the magic number that the mayor does not need approval to spend, I guess we will never know.
In regard to the $80 million in infrastructure upgrades the opposition is referencing: What have we been doing for the last 15 plus years? Additionally the infrastructure they are referencing is predominantly new construction. Instead of using funds to create the Sports Park and Conference Center, we should have been upgrading infrastructure.
Now the bond rating has dropped for the city due to the outstanding bonds on the Sports Park and Conference Center; those available bonds could have been used for infrastructure upgrades. What about the Ameren utility tax? This tax was put on all of the citizens to fund the new police station. Once the station is paid for, where does this tax go? Yes, the small print says this tax income will go to the park.
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Heather De Vine