Friday, February 19, 2010



Because there's a ton of frivolous spending in that bond package, so if you're going to be mad at anybody, be mad at everybody!

A great post from Richardson Resident over on the DMN back on the 11th:

"What is sad is that everyone seems to be making such a big deal about {the entry portal} issue. This is the type of debate that should take place among the Councilmembers concerning many, many more of the items listed on the proposed $66 million bond package. Yet, the Council argues over a single item and everyone treats it like there has been some type of mutiny. I encourage the Council to have this type of discussion and debate concerning ALL of the proposed items, including the following:
1. The proposed 11.778-million dollar Heights Gymnastics Center. Is now the right time for this given the current economy? This is a luxury item.
2. The proposed 1.06-million dollar Duck Creek Trail Extension that runs down Collins Road through the heart of the industrial area. Do we really need a walking trail through an industrial park right now? Really?
3. The proposed 1.155-million dollar University Trail. Do we really need another walking trail along the UTD Campus at this time? Really?
4. The proposed 4.465-million dollar Heights Park Pool. Is this the right time given the current economy? Do we REALLY need to spend over 15 Million Dollars at Heights Park at this time? Really? Again, another luxury item.
5. The proposed 4.5-million dollar Breckinridge Park Pool. Do we really need to do this right now given the current economy? Really? Again, another luxury item.
These five things constitute nearly 23-million dollars in proposed improvements for park and trail related items - luxury items. It is my opinion that now is not the time for these types of luxury items. Instead, either take them out all together or apply another 23 million to the most pressing street and drainage issues facing the city. Let us not forget what bond packages are supposed to be for - major infrastructure needs that can't be met through the general fund. NOT luxury items. If we can't pay for trails and parks with general fund money, than we shouldn't be spending that money!!!


  1. RichardsonResident seems to always have thoughtful and good comments! Wouldn't it be nice if his thought process could be cloned and given to more Richardson residents?

  2. RichardsonResident looks at the facts. He looks behind the "spin" given out by our $90,000 a year PR firm and the management that hired them.

    Frankly, more Richardson citizens could do the same thing. Just have to ask the City Secretary for the information you want to see so you can make up your own mind as to what the facts are.

  3. I agree, I think this blog experiment has brought out a whole new level of people I hope will step forward to serve. We need some decent strong folks on the council.