Sunday letters: Bull Street will consume millions

June 22, 2014 

The Babcock Building

ERIK CAMPOS — The State

— According to recent articles in The State, we now see the first fruits of decisions made by Columbia City Council to commit millions to the development of the Bull Street property and a baseball stadium.

The Vista Guild needs more funds to hire “yellow shirts” to manage the increased population in the Vista. Councilmen Cameron Runyan and Brian DeQuincey Newman promise to try to get more funding for the guild. Yet the city only planned to preserve current funding for organizations from the hospitality money, and those funds are limited. Where are Councilmen Newman and Runyan going to get the extra funds for the guild?

Columbia City Council has a $10 million hole in the water and sewer budget and may need to raise rates. Council promised that the Bull Street property would not take funds from water and sewer. Yet millions of dollars are transferred from water and sewer to the general fund, and the city plans to fund the multi-million dollar Bull Street development from that fund. It seems obvious that some water and sewer funds will end up paying down the Bull Street debt. This is just the beginning.

Ari Derrick

Columbia

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