Bio Park Flamingos at Night
Raising prices for entry to publicly owned facilities is always risky. Cutting back on days that such facilities are open is also very dangerous. During my term as Mayor I advocated closing the Bio Park facilities on Mondays to save money during an economic down turn. You would have thought I was the devil incarnate.
I had also been an advocate of the real estate boys paying more for the sprawl development they love so much. You would have thought I was the devil incarnate. At least that is what the local media thought. They never much cared we grew the budget during my term less that the inflation rate.
Now, Mayor Berry sees a need to raise prices at the Bio Park by a whopping 30% to help pay for maintenance and improvements. It is a tough call and I can't argue that the facilities need some work done on them. But when you stop and think about it, it is all upside down. This is being done while the administration pushes for lower development costs for the real estate boys. Sure, that may lead to a few more jobs but it will also lead to Paseo/I-25 type issues in the future. Right now the administration is demanding that Bio Park attendees pay for the ongoing costs while they are insisting that sprawl development be given a subsidy.
Well, being a Mayor is a difficult job. But for the life of me I can not figure out why Berry isn't up on the Governor's doorstep looking for money for the interchange project which is really a state/federal issue. Instead the great Bio Park facilities will pay their freight while the state and others get a free pass.