Civic Campus Statements: Rebuttals

Previously we published statements for and against Propostion 1 which would authorize the City to issue bonds for the construction of a new civic campus. Below are rebuttals to the original statements from both sides.

Rebuttal to statement AGAINST Proposition 1

This is a long-term investment benefiting families and seniors while securing our future economic vitality. Opponents play with the numbers, but in reality the total tax increase is minimal. Projects throughout the region continue to come in well below estimates. This is a fact. The financial plan respects the current economy and prepares us to thrive during the recovery. Let’s seize this opportunity. Don’t let public land lay dormant and citizens’ needs unmet. VOTE YES!

Rebuttal to statement FOR Proposition 1

If Downtown revitalization depended on the scope of new city buildings, the same revitalization wouldn’t have been promised when the plan was just an $8.5 million City Hall.

New public buildings are always appealing conceptually. But, with costs attached in the midst of a prolonged recession, it becomes clear just how unaffordable the concept is. Only the public sector, used to getting whatever it wants, could consider a tax increase of 64% “small.”

Now that you’ve heard from both sides, how will you be voting?

  1. Right. A 64% tax increase is NOT small. It’s a beautiful plan, truly, but many MTL citizens don’t have the money to pay for it.

  2. I too like Catskoor, don’t think a 37.5 million dollar civic campus is reasonable at this time. The city is scrambling just to stay in black as it is. I think the 8.5 million city hall is a much better idea. Give them what then need, not what they want (meaning city government).

    1. Well Brandon and Catskoor, hopefully the rest of MLT voters will be more aware and contentious than our city council has been and vote this down. While, $20 a month may not seem like much, it’s $240 a year, and that’s IF everything goes well. It could go down, it could even go UP. It’s not the time for the city to gamble with money MLT residents don’t have.

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