Sunday, April 01, 2012
Begging the Question
So, no one in the media will ask the question that is on my mind and the ones of the residents in the area where this occurred. That is, why was there an attempt to spend $50 million with no vote on a new Paseo del Norte interstate exchange when the existing infrastructure in many parts of the city is failing due to old age?
I have commented many times that the infrastructure in the heart of the city was being ignored in favor of subsidizing new development. We tried to halt that when I was Mayor with a quarter cent tax to rehab the transportation system with in the older parts of the city while also increasing public transit. It was effective.
It is all a balancing act of course and Mayor Berry is faced with difficult decisions just like other Mayors. But the public has a voice in these matters too and that opportunity comes at the ballot box on bond issues. That is why an end run on no vote on Paseo was wrong. Especially with Rio Rancho and Sandoval County not wanting to help.