Rail Commentary: When FTA and the City (Mayor and HART) use words such as Recovery Plan and Risk Refresh, that is a huge red flag. The rail project is a lot worse than you and they know. It is a major mess of enormous proportions. When the truth is finally told, and the real facts are put on the table be prepared for rail bad news.
People First? I don’t think so. It is more like People First pay for rail cost overuns. Who is paying for HART workers scrambling to put together a Recovery Plan?
Over a year ago, Democrats accused Kirk of misleading them. House Majority Leader Scott Saiki accused him of lying. Sylvia Luke and Jill Tokuda told Kirk not to return to the Legislature to beg (ask) for more money for the rail.
This was over a year ago.
Fast forward to today.
HART to receive $56 million in GET revenue for rail construction.
This amount is for the months of April, May, June 2016. It is $44 million less that what HART projected. What does this mean for taxpayers? It means that even with the millions in GET collections, HART will still be short cash. Resulting in the City looking at ways to cover the shortall by raising real property taxes, asking for more GET monies, stealing Bus and Handivan movies, charging for trash and bulky item pick up services, installing toll booths on City roads, raiding City funds that were allotted for road repairs, replacement of aging Board of Water and sewer lines, invoking City park usage fees..,
Side Note: when taxpayers voted to approve the rail project, they did not agree to pay any GET to fund the rail.
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