I just wanted to thank City Councilman Jason Hardcastle on his commentary ("Claims aside, Galveston is in good financial shape," The Daily News, March 8) concerning some misinformation on the financial stability of the city of Galveston.

It's refreshing to see actual facts referenced in claims — rather than personal opinions. Fear mongering in an attempt to control the narrative is insulting and, quite frankly, an embarrassment to any leadership.

Rus Artmier

Galveston

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Bill Quiroga

Mr. Artmier

If I may respond to your letter, you stated “It's refreshing to see actual facts referenced in claims — rather than personal opinions. Fear mongering in an attempt to control the narrative is insulting and, quite frankly, an embarrassment to any leadership.”

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.

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.

3. 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 errors 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.

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