Council said it’s old and the heating systems, water pipes, and elevators fail from time to time.
The taxpayers asked what would it cost to fix it.
Council replied, “According to our building condition assessment dated Jan 15, 2010 it would cost $8,391,600, maybe $12,000,000 today.”
The taxpayers asked, “Could the $34 million swell to a greater amount?”
Council replied, “We hope not.”
Taxpayers asked, “What is the equity in your present building?”
Council said, “There will be no equity as we plan to demolish the rotten old thing as soon as the new one is built.”
The taxpayers continued, “Your asset management plan has close to a Billion dollars worth of infrastructure showing signs of imminent failure. Should you not address that first?”
Council said that municipal, infrastructure deficits are common. “So, it’s ok, because we are not the only ones.”
The taxpayers stated, “Between 2006 and 2011, your city’s population shrink by 5,582 and growth rate by 2.9%, as you concentrated on non-priority projects resulting in aged infrastructure and creating a poor economic growth atmosphere.”
Council replied, “But, if we build it they will come, resulting in a re-branding of our city and, surely, economic prosperity will follow.”
The taxpayers said, “We have seen a pattern of you needlessly spending taxpayers money for little return or no reason, therefore your request is denied. Instead we recommend that you begin addressing concerns that will actually benefit and improve the lives of your citizens.”