of All Hotel Giveaways' is coming back to S.A. If the
PGA Village is dead, another monster is arising from the grave.
posted 10am-11pm Wed 6/9/2004
Do you want City Council to guarantee a new downtown hotel
with your tax money? (issue before Council June 10, 2004)
What a teenie tiny little item it is on June 10 City Council agenda.
You'd never know what it is really about, just from reading it:
presentation on the Convention Center Hotel Request For Proposal
[Presented by Christopher J. Brady, Assistant City Manager;
Terry M. Brechtel, City Manager]
it that these folks, who are supposed to work for the people
who elected them, are constantly trying to find ways to spend
my hard-earned money on things that do not only NOT benefit
me, cost me, and add insult to injury, I have no input in the
the same city council that can't find, in there hearts, to abide
with Proposition 13. That is the one to freeze, not stop, the
tax rate for seniors and disabled. They fear the loss of revenue
if this is implimented, but they are ready to throw away tax
money for a hotel that would probably be built anyway.
probably want to build a hotel so they will have some place
to go to work at, after the next election.
is something that we should gather signatures on and force a
vote from the taxpayers. I'm sure that Julian Castro would agree.
For that matter, why don't we start putting everything out for
a vote that involves over a certain amount of taxpayers dollars.
Seems like it was a good idea for the PGA, and look what it
you build it they will come."
have to agree with Steve's idea of setting an amount limit then
issue goes to the voters automatically. I just can't trust the
input from City Staff to our empty minded council members.
a long time ago that if a business deal is a good one, it doesn't
need a subsidy from the taxpayer. Same thing for the fiasco
at 1604 and IH10. If we had a real mayor maybe he'd know whose
money it really is. Wish I could retire but I have to support
the government AND big business.
was a great business opportunity Hotel companies would be lining
up to pay the city for the rights to develop this down town
Wolff's rationale seemed to be: It's not as bad as Houston and
Austin. I'm going to smash my finger with a hammer--but at least
it's not a sledge hammer
downtown but I sure as HELL can't afford to stay in one of the
hotels down here. Why would I want my hard earned tax dollars
to fund something like this? I'd rather see the money spent
on road improvements or a new PARK in my Northside Neighborhood.not
a hotel I can't even afford to stay in.
is wrong with those yahoos down at city hall? It seems like
all of 'em have a Henry C. complex and just want to spend-spend-spend.
If they want a stinkin' hotel that bad maybe they ought to cough
up the money themselves. To paraphrase a line from John Adams,
" I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is
a disgrace, two are a law firm and three become a city council.
Sheesse what a bunch of losers, no wonder no one votes.
hotel is such a wonderful idea, why don't the developers write
up a plan, then go to the bank and apply for a loan like the
rest of us would? Interest rates are still low, and in a place
like San Antonio where the tax rate and property valuations
are absolutely fair the developers should have no reason to
#1 in BIG BUSINESS: Use somebody else's money!
Rule #2 To stay rich, refer to RULE # 1!!
right, but I would add a rule 3: To use someone else's money,
go to San Antonio. The hicks down there will buy into anything.
lived in San Antonio for a long time and thought I had seen
everything when the Pink Elephant Mall and the Armadilla Dome
were built! Now I am sure I will get to see a hotel built that
no one needs, no one will occupy, and in the end, probably will
be torn down or turned in to housing!!! My goodness, doesn't
the mayor ever get it?
must be something in city hall that causes elected officials
& appointed leaches to forget that their job is to SERVE
the public, not fleece the public. I can't blame hotel builders.Why
spend your own money when elected air heads offer to use citizens
hard earned cash for hotel owners profit.
fiscally conservative as the best of them, but I think that
the wording of this poll is somewhat misleading. Nelson Wolfe
stated today (06/09/04) on your program that the amount of the
guarantee would not exceed the amount of the hotel/motel tax
generated by the hotel itself. He understood the proposal as
not using any other funds to guarantee the project. If that
is actually the case, the city would have a lot to gain and
could not lose more than the amount generated by the entity.
That makes good fiscal sense to me.
Julian on it - it will die for sure