OPINION: Ron Littlepage: Add Moody's to the list of pesky folks chirping about Curry's pension plan
Last week, a bond rating agency, Moody's Investors Services, joined the chorus of chirpers.
Just as many had said during the pension debate,
For his part, Curry says the pension issue is done, kaput, settled, fixed, finished.
He points out that both the voters and the
That part about the voters amounts to revisionist history.
The voters didn't know what they were voting on.
Curry and his team refused to provide any details of the plan, such as the fact the debt can was about to get another swift kick, before voters went to the polls.
In fact, at one point, Curry's chief financial officer,
Perhaps Curry's team was afraid the chirping would have grown louder had voters known.
Now that the pension issue is in Curry's world "solved," his team is dropping hints that "something big" is coming soon.
It will be interesting to see where the money to pay for it will come from.
During one of the
She was told that was possible and that it would produce about
That was all that was said, and the debate moved onto other subjects.
But if that approach were taken, it would go against the council's usual insistence on relying on cash for projects instead of more debt.
It would also be highly risky since in the intervening weeks, the Legislature stupidly put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would increase the homestead exemption by
If that passes, which is likely because of voters' affinity for tax breaks for themselves, it would further drain the city's general fund and make any new debt payments difficult.
I don't think additional debt will be the route taken, but stay tuned. There are some big numbers out there, such as paying the city's portion of the foolish
During a meeting Boyer organized earlier this month to continue discussions on how to take better advantage of the
The trees and beautiful landscaping were striking.
In contrast to that, another picture showed an uninviting and sterile section of our Northbank Riverwalk.
Plans are underway, Boyer said, to begin changing that, starting with improving the area known as
Getting that done in the next few months will be a welcome visual start to the new efforts to activate our waterways -- a goal that will only be accomplished if the city makes it a priority and sticks to it.
You may have noticed that in the last few weeks, candidates have been emerging to run to replace
Certainly more will get in the race, and 2018 is likely not on people's radar yet.
But it's not too soon to pay attention. Electing the right governor is critical to undoing the damage Scott has done to
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