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LETTER TO THE OBSERVER: Checking the facts of recent letter

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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:00 am

Editor:

In her recent letter, Ms. Allison is rewriting history and is doing so to chastise people who want fiscally responsible public servants.

Regarding ethics and open government, it was a previous city council that was investigated by the A.G. for violation of open government regulations, not the current one.

On the road bond: Councilors Crum and Scott are not TEA Party members and never campaigned against the 2011 and 2013 road bond.

The TEA Party, whose objective is fiscally responsible governance, and councilors Wilkins and Clayton campaigned against the road bond because only 18 percent of the money was to be used for road maintenance. The other 72 percent was for new roads primarily supported by special interests. If we have crumbling streets, it’s because previous city leadership diverted 2009 road bond maintenance funds from needed repairs to infrastructure for the ill-conceived and unfunded Green2V project. They also wasted money on temporary road fixes that only lasted three months in several cases.

The 2011 and 2013 road bond was actually defeated by more than 65 percent of the voters who voted for fiscally responsible governance. The 6 percent of the electorate who voted was twice the percentage voting in previous elections.

The real facts are that the current council has set public safety, infrastructure and more business to increase tax revenues and services to citizens.

“A Park Above” is a worthy cause; however, it will provide only a few temporary jobs but will be a huge ongoing expense to maintain. It’s a matter of priorities.

Richard Grooters

Rio Rancho

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