I recall during Mayor Del Jurney’s administration, when ENMU-R lobbied the city for a one-eighth of 1 percent increase in GRT tax to help fund educational programs that would benefit local employers who needed staff trained in specific skills, and that also would provide good-paying jobs to locals, the mayor put it to the citizens of Roswell to decide. It was declined largely because there was no sunset clause in the proposal.
Yet, we see under the current administration and council, an increase of one-fourth of 1 percent for a project that they aren’t able to put a number on. The public was not allowed an opportunity to voice an opinion on this tax increase. Councilor and Finance Committee Chairman Caleb Grant posted to his Facebook page that the “sun would set” on the new GRT increase when the project was complete. When asked when that would be, he provided no reply. Evidently, this is a secret that this administration is keeping or they haven’t a clue.
As reported in the Daily Record, on more than a few occasions, the estimated cost for this project changed from $28 million to $25 million and now, as last published $20 million. Could it be that $20 million is the magic number to skirt state statutes so that the contract can be awarded without bids?
In a video posted by the Daily Record on its Facebook page, Mayor Dennis Kintigh stated that he wants to keep moving Roswell forward. My understanding is that the city is edging on financial crisis. Businesses are closing in staggering numbers in relation to the thriving community that Roswell once was, and rather than address the issue head on, this administration put the blame on Amazon. Hello!
Roswell is moving, albeit in the wrong direction. Time to drain the swamp?