You probably saw this op-ed in the Times, where former mayor John Cook and ex-City Manager Joyce Wilson defend their fiscal profligacy.
It’s unfortunate that the current mayor and other city leaders continue to shift blame on previous administrations for their failure to execute the 2012 Quality of Life Bond. Those of us involved in this important effort have been gone for at least five years or more, and this line of attack is getting old.
From 2005-13, the mayor, the City Council and the administration executed nearly $1.5 billion in capital projects laying the foundation for a remarkable renaissance, which led to the successful passage of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond.
What exactly are they saying there? “Of course there’s no money. We spent it all.”
And let’s not forget the pack of lies they employed to get those QoL bonds passed. That the Quality of Life bonds wouldn’t impact our taxes. That the Quality of Life projects would produce economic development.
Mr. Cook and Ms. Wilson are right, of course. Our current elected officials shouldn’t be throwing more money on the boondoggles the previous administration foisted on us. But the previous administration is not blameless. Not by a long shot.
It’s kind of fun to watch them bicker.