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Cost hike goes against spirit of stimulus

We certainly support the city’s position on the ongoing situation with funding at Lake Bardwell.
Tuesday, it became clear that the city has reached a point of needing answers, for better or worse, because uncertainty is a huge problem in trying to responsibly plan a governmental budget. We demand a high amount of accountability from the city in that regard. The good audit from 2009 will be hard to repeat if road blocks to financial planning continue to stand in the city’s way.

There is no ill will directed toward the Army Corps of Engineers or the Trinity River Authority in the issue — it is a breakdown in bureaucracy and communication. That is the kind of issue that plagues organizations of all stripes, government or otherwise. And it is a terrible knot to untie, so we understand the answers we’re looking for aren’t going to be easy to produce.

There’s just no other options at this point. Work at Bardwell has to stop until the costs to the cities that support the Corps project are clearly defined and budgeted. Otherwise, we’re going to just plant a bomb in the city’s budget that will blow it up.

That’s clearly against the spirit of what we were told of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was all about. City management has held that position from the beginning, and we’re inclined to agree. Whatever issues we have with the federal stimulus individually, ideologically or politically, it was not sold to Americans as an attempt to increase the burden on cities that are having to work hard to stay out of financial trouble.

Corps workers on the ground here should not feel like the city or the public are angry or casting aspersions their direction in this matter. The mismanagement that is going on is not a malicious act — it is inattention or lack of clear guidance on how to handle the situation. It has to be addressed, however, and perhaps the city’s effort to that end represented by the resolution passed Tuesday will accomplish that.

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