The new conference center at the Main Branch Library was full of City Council candidates. Also in the back row was Councilman Don Bankhead, who I am running to replace should voters recall him on June 5.
Thank you to everyone who took time out of their lives to join me at the meeting. The discussion was lively and comments were appreciated.
There seems to be two camps brewing, though it may still be too early to know. One position is that any rent-back of City-owned property to the City is illogical and amounts to a double tax. The other position is that some rent-back is justified.
I'm of the opinion that we (taxpayers and ratepayers) have already paid for these facilities and that renting them back to the City is wrong and amounts to a double tax.
With so much material to review and interesting comments by all, no action was taken by the committee. The transfer study will be further discussed in a couple of weeks along with possible recommendations to the City Council on what to do with the surplus cash from overcharges to ratepayers.
Also, I asked that we place on the agenda discussion and, possibly, a vote on recommending that the City completely forgo any transfers to the General Fund until an audit of the fund is complete. Speaking of audits, the transfer study was not an audit by any stretch of the imagination. Therefore, an audit of the General Fund is necessary.
Stay tuned for more information in coming days...