More Monkey Business With The WECRDPosted Sunday, July 11, 2010, at 2:33 PM
If they do not know we did it...then it cannot be wrong. Right?
This information is directly from the "new" WECRD web site which can be found at http://www.wecrd.org/index.php?option=co...
"After inspection of paperwork, a working session was held to determine what changes needed to be made for the FY2010©\2011 Budget. The Board will need to make a decision on the 3% tax increase that is allowed by law (the Board did not adopt the increase for 2009©\2010). The Board anticipated the tax revenue for 2010©\2011 would be a minimum of $441,000 (tax revenue and interest)."
Their meeting to approve the new budget and POSSIBLE 3% tax increase will be in August however, testimony/protest over the possible increase can be made at the WECRD Board Meeting on July 28, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. This organization sold a tax of $34.50 (per household) to the public and then changed it. Do we really need another tax increase?
So, we have the CLDC/YMCA working on a fiscally responsible plan that this community can afford. We do not know if there will be a facility or if this will just be green space for outdoor recreation. On the WECRD's current agenda (for their next meeting on July 28, 2010) they state they will discuss selling water shares. Why would you even think about selling irrigation rights BEFORE there is a plan? What if you need to irrigate all of that property (in the event there is no building)? It is far cheaper to irrigate with canal water as opposed to the city well.
The WECRD Board has stated over and over that they will wait for a decision from the CLDC/YMCA. Why do they continue to make decisions which are arbitrary to the "process" and in direct conflict with their promise not to do anything with the land? Why sell irrigation rights? There is a pending FEMA survey that still needs to be completed. Maybe before the land was "rezoned" we should have had the results of that survey in hand in case we find that some of this land cannot be built on (due to the flood plain/flood zone status).
It seems that this Board coninues to put the cart before the horse. If the WECRD Board was REALLY and TRULY awaiting the results of the CLDC/YMCA, they would take their crayons, sit in the corner, and do nothing. Instead, they act contrary to their words over and over. The "new" web site says it all. "Foot print designed." Footprint? There currently is NO determination what there will be! How can the "foot print" be designed?
"to satisfy HUD requirements for the receipt of federal money the WECRD has completed a full Environmental Assessment performed by Bionomics Engineering. (Bionomics fee was reduced nearly 50% for the WECRD)."
From the same "new" web site:
"Environmental Assessment in nearly complete for release of F.A.¨C"
So is the survey done or not? The WECRD indicated in several Appropriations Applications that this was all done. What are the real facts on this issue? Why is a FEMA survey now being required? How can the WECRD plan anything without the FEMA survey? Fail to plan, plan to fail.
This current Board has never planned (in good faith) to work with the YMCA/CLDC. They plan to do what they want as soon as they have enough money. Their plan is clear and has been put to paper. They are not working with these groups---they are merely biding their time until they have enough money and then all bets are off.
How can you have a "prepared statement" at a public meeting unless you are having meetings outside of the "public" meetings. Brush up on the laws girls because at some point you are going to get yourselves in a pickle over this stuff. I am glad to see you put that expensive picture to work for ya.
"If an election is needed this year, a decision must be made on where to hold the Election." IF an election is needed? Really? IF? Wow! Arbitrary and capricious? You bet your bippy!
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