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Ron Woody

Hear! Hear!

David Landriault

Great points, Jason! Let's stick to the facts. You laid them out perfectly. The city has never been stronger.

Bill Cherry

Perhaps, but there is something inherently wrong with the city's leadership and its employees that cause 45th Street mess to be left unattended. In fact, it's outrageous.

Jeff Patterson

Thanks Jason for your very professionally written article. As someone once said, people are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts

Bill Quiroga

If I may respond to your Guest Column, Galveston has $241 million in debt. Our peer cities, which the city uses for market comparisons before making financial decisions, average $386million in debt. In fact, only Texas City and Pasadena have less total debt than Galveston amount 10 peer cities.”

I have done extensive research of the financial state of the City of Galveston. Here are my findings. All resource is taken for State of Texas Comptroller, City of Galveston and EMMA Municipal Market Access websites.

1. Fact: I did not find any articles/documents to the claim City of Galveston having financial trouble as of yet. This may change due to the economic impact to the city’s over spending and the coronavirus.

2. Fact: Mr. Hardcastle compares two other cities with the city of Galveston. Let take a look at this.

Texas City has at debt of $52,900,00, a population 49,153 and a pay per/capita of $1076.23 for every man woman and child.

3. Fact: Pasadena has a debt of $218,200,000, a population of 153,219 and a pay per/capita of $1421.11 for every man woman and child.

Fact: Galveston has a debt of $272,000,000, a population of 50,457 and a pay per/capita of $5390.72 for every man woman and child.

4. Fact, as you can see, we have an out of control sending problem.

Now let’s look at the 45th street project.

1. Fact: Public information W007244-030920, no feasibility study done.

2. Fact: if this study would have been done, we would have found all of the error with this project and would have save millions of dollars in taxpayer monies.

3. Fact: mismanagement of the project as well as wasted taxpayer monies running into the millions.

4. Fact: The increase of the project as of Mar 16, 2020 $1,532,226 million dollar to the taxpayer.

5. Fact all of the council member received copy of all of the Change orders describing the details, not one council member raised issues with the project increases in cost as well as the delays causing hardship to the residents and business owner.

Lisa Blair

Bill, you still don’t get it, do you? It’s not helpful to keep spreading falsehoods about our economy. Especially in a time of great uncertainty. Everyone is fearful. It’s time to find another campaign strategy.

Bill Quiroga

Lisa, responding to your comment “It’s not helpful to keep spreading falsehoods about our economy,” please explain to me as well as who reads these comments which ones are “falsehoods.”

As I stated, data comes from the City of Galveston adopted 2020 budget, the state, the city information request and EMMA website. I have copies of this information supporting these facts. If you or any others would like to review these fact I can direct you to them, please let me know.

I would like you to prove to me as well as the readers which one of my statements is false stating were you receive your information. Please provide me with a copy of your information to support your claims.

Thank you in advance.

Lisa Blair

Bill, why would I provide you with information? You’ve already been given the information by Mike Loftin, Jason Hardcastle and several others. The problem is that you are either unwilling or unable to understand it. You know that saying “I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.

Bill Quiroga

Here we go again. The 5th Change order for the 45th street fiasco. March 13, 2020 an increase of $113,251.02 bring the cost overruns to a whopping $ 1,645,477 million dollar to the taxpayers and it’s not over yet.

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