I lifted this from the El Paso County Historical Society’s Facebook page. I’m reprinting it without their permission. I don’t think they’ll mind.
REP. SVARZBEIN OF DISTRICT 1 VIOLATES KEY CAMPAIGN PROMISE: VOTES AGAINST ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY AND NATIONAL REGISTRY NOMINATION
Campaign website statement on historical preservation in downtown El Paso, May 24, 2015:
“As a proud, lifelong El Pasoan I have always been proud of our cultural heritage, and I have always been a strong advocate for preservation and heritage tourism. As an active member of the Paso del Norte Streetcar Preservation Society, I have been an action oriented supporter of the Vintage Streetcar Project. I believe that it is in our best economic interest to support heritage tourism and the preservation of our historic places in our downtown area. This is the reason I support the designation of a National Historic District that will cover up to 45% of renovation costs for income producing property within the district. The proposal of a National Historic District put forth by the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Economic Development Office is in line with my belief in responsible growth with common sense. A National Historic District would not just protect and enhance our historic buildings, it would also rely on federal and state tax credits, not property taxes. I support the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Economic Development Office in their efforts to create a National Historic District downtown”
In these days of moral relativism, nothing provokes as much disdain as hypocrisy.