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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:50 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Tue Jul 1, 2014.

A Santa Fe City Council committee shot down a request Monday to shift $2 million from a voter-approved underpass at St. Francis Drive and West Alameda Street to other unidentified projects.

City Councilor Patti Bushee sponsored the proposal, which called for reallocating the money from the so-called River Trail Underpass to “bike-pedestrian trails and related safety and infrastructure projects.” Bushee did not attend Monday’s Finance Committee meeting and could not be reached for comment after the panel’s 3-0 vote.

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2 comments:

  • Khal Spencer posted at 12:13 pm on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    If the bond vote was clearly specific to certain projects, then moving the money to other projects could easily be seen by the voters as a bait-and-switch, even if it is not intended that way. Safer way is to either continue with the project or projects the voters approved, or cancel the bond issue. Good call.

     
  • Diane Senior posted at 7:54 am on Tue, Jul 1, 2014.

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    >>“We wonder why people don’t participate in our public involvement process, and this is one of the reasons why they don’t because we go through the whole process, and then for some other reason, we basically undermine the entire process followed to date,” he said. “I think it alienates our public.”

    Councilor Joseph Maestas, this is one of the most insightful comments I have ever seen about governmental process. Thank you for putting it out there. Now I hope your fellow officials (at all levels of government) will take it to heart and behave accordingly.

     

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