Worcester homeowners are getting a 9.6% tax increase

Great Comments

 Until recently the City Council abdicated their authority to Augustus when it came to the ballpark and from my perspective it wasn't until the purchase of a drone, which I disagree with the City Council to an extent, has the City Council fulfilled its responsibilities in questioning the City administration. 

In relative terms the drone purchase financially pales in comparison to spending $175million (?) to build a ballpark FOR a private company, WooSox and yet the City Council has debated this expense exponentially longer than the the ballpark. I hope that the City Council continues to question the City Administration going forward. 

With regards to a cost benefit analysis, the City did not do one. The City was intent on building a ballpark for the WooSox, who are probably making more money than they projected (which I don't begrudge them for because that is their business), with the expectation of breaking even. The City should have conducted a financial risk assessment, which I doubt they did. 

Finally, with regards to parking, the City should have done more than identify the number of parking spaces within a certain radius of the ballpark. The should have analyzed what the effect of monopolizing parking on game days on the existing residents and businesses in the Canal District. I recently heard Candy Carlson question some new concerns about parking related issues with the commuter rail. Vehicles and parking at this moment time are imperative to residents and business because we rely on vehicle to get us to and from work as well as to and from things like restaraunts. 

This blog and commenters are only asking the questions that should have been asked 4 years ago and were not, with the exception of a few articles from the Worcester Business Journal.

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I wish we all could have a substantive conversation/debate about an issue without kicking sand in someone's face. 

Generally I agree with this blog's postings asking questions or providing a contrary opinion if it is based on something. This and other blogs has become the new public square and we collectively need to protect this new venue. That being said, we (collectively) need to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable for their actions and statements, again sometimes in this new public square called a blog.

 As it relates to Polar Park, one person's opinion is this blog has questioned the accuracy of estimates presented (although not for some time) or statements made and generally the blog has been accurate. The current issue is a statement that was made, and repeated, that the properties sold for the Cove cost $10. I for one never saw the original statement in the Worcester Business Journal and after i saw the post of the article and saw this was Mr Bafaro's property I immediately knew that statement had to be totally wrong. Mr Bafaro did not become as sucessful as he did by selling property for $10 only to have the new buyer flip it for $3 million. 

With regards to the investment of $175 million, or whatever the final cost and whatever the City's portion of the final cost is, if it pays for itself I do not have a problem with the ball park. If it costs me or diverts money from what I expect from my tax dollars, streets I can drive on without blowing a tire, a new Burncoat High, public safety etc, I will emphatically state that i will be adamently be against the ball park PERIOD. 

That is my opinion and I am entitled to it. In closing, I will say commenters need to give more thought to responses not just the same old same old "you're negative". because anyone can say that punch line. Use some of the gray matter you have been blessed with and have a healthy debate or conversation.





Comments

Common Sense said…
Just read in the Patch that the contractor of the Madison project across from the park is in violation of the TIF agreement for not using close to enough minority and local residents to work on the project.
Anonymous said…
The developer whose building(s) are substantially behind schedule and are suppose to generate the revenues to make this revenue neutral to the taxpayers is not in compliance? Who would of thought ! This blog and the Worcester Business Journal. I am not being negative I am just saying the two entities did not just accept the City's word without at least asking questions.
Anonymous said…
Good comments hopefully going forward we can ask questions, or make suggestions in the spirit of good public discourse.
With regards to the developer having trouble achieving what may be required for the tax reduction i think the City should enforce whatever is required unless the developer can demonstrate compelling reasons why they can not achieve the requirements.
Common Sense said…
If this developer has his TIF reduced maybe the project will be downsized again or delayed again.
Anonymous said…
MassLive has an article about the former City Manager, Mike O'Brien having a portrait unveiled. Someone I know in the real estate business swears the City needs someone like this to get this project completed. He said the project down town was stalled and O'Brien convinced Hanover to buy out the Boston developer, drop the mall and construct the building UNUM was in. He also gives O'Brien all the credit for all the development which is occurring throughout the City. Finally, he said the deals would not of been so one sided if he negotiated them.
Anonymous said…
Leaving for work, will be driving thru Kelley Square like I do every morning. I saw last week that the lumber has arrived! Also I read the Masslive article about the TIF and it said this building is only 18% complete. When is is supposed to be finished?