In today’s (Sunday) Salina Journal the article on the river renewal project had a artists rendering of the Western Star Mill Dam Modification. I just wonder if any one else has concerns with this part of the project. I have two major concerns with this part alone. 1st being that they would force a business that was the very heart of this town to close, this mill is still running today with train & semi truck traffic with no room for people to walk. 2nd the city truck yard is right there too. I can see why the city would be for it they have out grown the yard & this would be a way to have a brand new facility built some where else!
This past weekend Salina was inundated with pro-river stories from the city newsletter and the Salina Journal.
Hidden within all the glossy nice sounding information were tidbits of misinformation that make the project much less appealing and why voters shoudl strike down the proposal on November 2.
First, and most importantly, there was no mention of the fact that this project will indeed raise property taxes. Every engineer and savvy builder knows that maintenance, repair, and overhead costs (MRO costs)are present on all building and road projects. The River Project is no exception. In fact the River Project will probably exceed normal average MRO cost (10% of project expense) for every year forward.
The question not addressed in all the pro-literature is how this part of the budget will be financed. Why are the River Project promoters so quiet about this cost/tax? Simple. These costs will likely be financed by property taxes. And we are being promised that this is a sales tax funded project.
This is just one reason why this is the wrong time for the River Project. Let’s finish fundiung some projects before we start a new project. Vote NO!
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