The difference between the training center and the rest of the other issues is the potential for the training center to harm other people's property; thus making the balance of the taxpayers make up the difference of lost revenue because of loss of tax base.
"Officialdom" and I are at a standoff. We're still rolling around in the mud. As I wrote earlier, there comes a point where someone has to trust someone. I have met with upper management of city's staff. I have corresponded with them. They have treated me with respect and promised to use care in designing the training center. I like these people, but any mistakes are virtually irreversible. If a mistake is made.....we own it. That's a pretty bad downside. On the other hand, can the training facility be built with special attention paid to not harming the surrounding real estate values? Yes, it can. However, it will be a little more expensive. Living walls, with ample use of wrought iron and brick are not cheap. Redesigning the tower to avoid looking like a burned out hulk takes a little more time and talent. That, too, cost a little bit more. However, it is infinitely better to spend another $200K on design and build than it is to spend another $97K each year because of depressed real estate values........and that's a possibility.
So here is where someone trusts someone. I have decided to trust Brian, Jim, and Neil to do what they said they would do. In return, I agree to vote for Proposition 3 tomorrow. We are going to get up out of the mud and go build something that we can be proud of and not aghast at. The arithmetic is not great, but I've seen worse. Maybe that is a price that is paid to become a modern and progressive city. We certainly don't need to be a backward city. If we want a city where real estate values and investments are secure, we have to make it that way. No one is going to do it for us.
I'm going to rack this one up and get ready for another different roll in the mud. Sorry, Brian and Todd.