Councilman Hente is correct. The mayor is simply failing to lead the city to the only responsible action it can take in order to deal with the stormwater issue. By refusing to face the facts and instead stalling by having his attorney running aroung in circles he is endangering this city and it's neighborhoods. We will have an 'event' some day and the catastrophic loses that result will be on those who have failed to do their civic duty to support, pass and fund an effective stormwater management program.
I agree with this position. I was the city manager at the time when city council approved the TOPs plan and the people passed the TOPS tax. It was clear then that the intent of the tax was to purchase open space and trails and to a lesser extent, expand existing park land. The MOE was a key factor in getting the tax passed and ensuring that future councils did not reduce the parks budget and supplant the funds with TOPs tax money. The fact that it has not always worked the way it was intended is reflection on the councils that were elected after 2001 and the lack of executive leadership since that time.It was good policy then and it is good policy now. Vote no on this question.
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