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Monday, August 18, 2008

Caldwell has Cart Before the Horse, Groundbreaking for TVCC and No Financial Agreements Exist?

THE GUARDIAN received this beautiful invitation to the ground breaking ceremony for TVCC in Sky Ranch. We did a public records request for the financial arrangements with the developer, City of Caldwell, TVCC and the Caldwell Urban Renewal District and got a letter back from the city attorney, Mark Hilty, stating that no such documents exist.

How does a multi-million dollar project get started without any financial documents or agreements? And why aren't these financials out for the public to review? Short answer is sneaky government.

The smell of major taxpayer financial decisions getting made in the room the public never gets to visit or see is what is wrong with this deal. Property taxes will pay for this project and yet we don't get to see the terms and condtions. Our city deciders have circumvented the public process once again.

So, let's all get together and cheer the momentous groundbreaking where our tax dollars are going to be spent without any public approvals. This is yet another back room under the table act by our elected leaders of Caldwell and the Urban Renewal District telling us what is good for us. They decide and we get to keep quiet and pay the bills.

It appears that our Caldwell City Deciders and the Mayor have the cart before the horse.

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