Posted: Feb 20, 2013 6:13 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
Updated: Feb 20, 2013 10:45 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The models of what Destination Bayfront could look like are appealing, with the parks, better beach access,and play areas for kids. But the cost of what it will take to get make the model a reality is having some residents take a step back and question if this is something our tax dollars should be spent on?
"Should we be doing this and not doing roads? Should we be doing roads and not doing this project? Or is there a way to do both?" says Trey McCampbell, Destination Bayfront Organizer.
Another question raised is will it be successful when other projects in the past have failed or not lived up to expectation?
"We are a non profit doing it so we are not doing it for something that is making money for a selective group of people, we are trying to be responsive to what the citizens have told us they want to do down there?
"I think the timing right now is poor. I think our citizen are going to feel that they get tagged with this street maintenance fee, it's going to be too fresh in their minds," says council member Rudy Garza.
And maintenance of the park is another concern of citizens. Here is how the numbers to maintain the park break down. It will be an estimated one million dollars a year to keep up the park. Already the city puts in $80,000 to that area, so the rest of the money for up keep will come from private funding and tax revenue from event rentals, sales and property taxes, and other fees.
"We know that economically investing in this park will generate about $4 million in additional revenue to the city in future years," says McCampbell.
But councilman Garza fears it may be at least 10 years before the city sees that money. If the bond is passed, it's estimated that homeowners will pay an extra $22 a year per $100,000 value on their home. City council will make a final decision on the project next week.
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