No matter what the City Manager is going to tell you next week as he attempts to put the best spin on this humiliating defeat of the City of Twentynine Palms’ plans of a grandiose Taj Mahal and socialist “Workforce” Housing, the city got their clock cleaned.
For once and for all time the State of California’s Department of Finance has told the City No, Nyet, Negative, Nine. They are not going to pay for a stupid $30 Million dollar project, that no one wanted and no one figured they would have to pay for.
Well in an attempt to screw the State out of what the City Council thought was their fair share of the property tax increment, they screwed us all.
We end up paying back Bonds that we can never use the proceeds from, out of the money that we should have got for roads and infrastructure. Go figure.
What turns out to be is the folks that look the most ridiculous are the Oversight Board. They failed to protect the interests of the taxing agencies they were supposed to represent. They look like complete fools, like wide mouth Bass that bought the City’s Staff’s line of bull hook, line and sinker. Their reputations are completely destroyed. Who is going to trust their collective judgement in the future?
We are now $30 Million in debt and the City Council is about to give a Pay Raise to the city manager. What a bunch of coconuts.
It is time we think about changing the way we are governed in 29 Palms. Some say recall, some dis-incorporation, some say changing the council to a 7 member council elected by district. Any way it goes it is time for a change.