Sure, You're Invited to a 2012 Bond Program Town Hall. Just Don't Expect to Get Much.
Last month, you'll no doubt recall, City Manager Mary Suhm told the city council that 2012 bond program, which we'll vote on in the fall, will be a fraction of a shadow of a hint of its mammoth '06 predecessor, which appears to be the gift that keeps on giving. 'Round $450 to $550 million, she said, most of which will go towards streets, flood protection and economic development -- the "absolutely critical stuff."
Which didn't sit well with some council members. Sandy Greyson for one wanted to know: What in the what are we supposed to tell our constituents during the upcoming town halls? Because you know they're gonna have their wants and needs. "Don't create a Christmas list," Suhm told her, "because you can't afford it."
Which is something you need to keep in mind if you're planning on attending one of the 2012 Capital Bond Program town halls the city's got on tap beginning Tuesday, when Vonciel Jones Hill meets her people at the Pleasant Oaks Recreation Center, and running through March 8. The full schedule follows, but, remember, this is only the first go-round:
After City Council briefings are held to discuss input received for the Needs Inventory, a second round of town hall meetings will be held in May to present the City Manager's 2012 Capital Bond Program recommendation. Council will be briefed again in June, after the second round of meetings, and in August will deliberate and call for the Bond Program to be placed on the November ballot.
Ah, the old "needs inventory." Last I looked, $10 billion ... and counting.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Observer's biggest stories.