Council Wrap-Up: The Stadium Is On!

This Week at City HallMan, I’m beat. Tonight’s council meeting went to nearly 10:30. And instead of coming straight home and writing up all that happened, I phoned up Whitworth and talked city hall and Civilization for the iPhone for over an hour. So I think I need to sleep sooner rather than later.

Which is too bad because a lot happened at council this evening that’s worth writing about. And most of it has nothing to do with the big decisions that were made. Those I can sum up pretty quickly because the outcome of tonight’s council meeting was never in doubt.

Council voted in favour of the stadium design, the stadium funding plan, the RFQ process and the plan to buy additional land off CP Rail to accommodate the stadium and the RRI projects. You’d have to have a screw loose to think things might have turned out differently. Council’s mind was made up on this stadium deal last year.

Beyond that, council voted to move forward with the public consultation on the transit route revision, Mosaic corporation got its tax exemption bylaw, the local improvement program was passed and the city is getting out of the commercial waste collection business. Again, there were no surprises.

So that’s a recap of council’s decisions. As for everything else, such as what is this new council of ours like in action, well… maybe I’ll get to that tomorrow.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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6 thoughts on “Council Wrap-Up: The Stadium Is On!”

  1. Just by chance,I caught the whole Punch & Judy show on ch7. It was fairly entertaining, except that the plot was a re-hash,& the ending totally predictable.

    Pass the Popcorn..

  2. At least, in 30 years, we’ll have this to remind us of the time we handed over decision making to developers, construction professionals, and the Riders.

    Probably this is what happens when you begin to idolize persons, places, and things.

  3. So, as predicted, city council insists on moving forward with what appears to me, a large percentage of the public, and at least, publically, one councillor to be a bad deal, I ask: Why not frontload the tax increases to cover the construction costs?

    Seems like council is taking the easy way out by taking an “applause now, our kids pay later approach” to actually collecting the money to pay for the stadium. The proposed tax increases don’t even reach 2%, less than half of the required 4.5%, by 2016 when their terms will all be up! Talk about a free ride!

    In order to raise enough money for the stadium, council is proposing an initial .45% increase in property taxes, with that increase doubling each year for 10 years to then remain at 4.5% for the next 20 years. Why not start at 4.5% and slowly work down as the years march on? Wouldn’t that more clearly demonstrate true leadership, vision, and conviction?

    Under the proposed funding model, the bulk of the money will be generated in years 10 to 30 when many of that same city council will, in all likelihood, be long gone? If they are the council who is so proudly pushing this new stadium deal, why not proudly stand behind the major tax increases while they are still our representatives, rather than strapping some future council with the burden of carrying the brunt of their decision thus tying that council’s hands in the future?

  4. To clarify: council is proposing an initial .45% increase in property taxes, with that increasing .45% each year for the next 10 years to reach 4.5% and then to remain at 4.5 % for the next 20 years.

  5. So crazy we’re not waiting for federal help. So, so crazy. Maybe the Riders should also run an annual lottery, cuz at $12 surcharge a ticket, I is not keen about events at Taylor Field.

  6. I feel sort of sorry for Paul D having to stick around for City Hall Muppet Theatre.
    He could have used a crystal ball to forecast the obvious if he wanted to.

    In my eyes, all of this was an opportunity for the opposing backyard dogs to come in and howl or bark about it one last time with no real bite to the hissing mayor and his fellow siding cats sitting perched on the city hall fence preparing to vote by licking their paws with excited anticipation. The backyard dogs growl and approach the cats to stop the voting. The cats extend out their claws to the dogs and go “Ah Ah Ahhh! Naughty Naughty”. Dogs get swiped at.
    The dogs back down. The cats vote except for one because he’s too busy snoozing and purring. The dogs take off in a huff back to the backyard and lick their wounds. The cats have won….A new stadium for themselves to curl up and snooze in when completed in 2017.

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