Wednesday, August 3, 2016
A No Vote In Seattle Got Me Wondering About Getting Propositioned In Fort Worth
Including what you see here, Initiative 123, a Seattle issue where voters voted to reject a plan to turn part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct into a waterfront park.
In the state I am currently in, Texas, the town of Arlington's city council took a step yesterday towards putting on the November ballot a bond issue asking voters to vote to support tearing down the relatively new Texas Rangers ballpark and replace it with a new ballpark with a roof and air conditioning.
Ever since this new ballpark in Arlington deal popped up I've thought it to be ridiculous. The Ballpark in Arlington is the coolest, nicest baseball park I have ever been in. Having said that I must admit the only other major league ballpark I have been in is the long gone Kingdome.
Reading this morning about the Washington election and the ballpark news out of Arlington it got me to freshly wondering what is wrong with that Sick City named Fort Worth.
It's not like the voters of Fort Worth don't see examples, up close, such as next door, in Arlington, of voters getting to vote on issues affecting their town.
Fort Worth is currently the host city for America's Biggest Boondoggle. A poorly implemented, ill-conceived, ineptly engineered, pseudo flood control economic development scheme the voters of Fort Worth were not allowed to vote on. America's Biggest Boondoggle has been boondoggling along for almost two decades, with little to show for the effort. Currently with The Boondoggle's bridge construction halted for months due to design mistakes.
A couple years ago Fort Worth's voters were actually sort of allowed to vote on a public works project. That being a new Multi-Purpose Arena.
But, that "vote" was extremely goofy and definitely not the way the voters vote on a public works project in democratic areas of America.
To approve of the building of Fort Worth's new Multi-Purpose Arena voters were asked to approve three separate propositions. Now, that really does not sound all that different from what voters might vote on in a normal part of America.
However, those three propositions were three extremely goofy revenue raising proposals, supposedly raising enough money to pay the public part of the project, with the other half paid for by the good ol' boy and girl network which runs Fort Worth in what is known as The Fort Worth Way.
I blogged about this Fort Worth three propositions lunacy multiple times, including in Fort Worth Dunce Confederacy's Congratulatory Arena Propaganda where I opined, regarding those three propositions....
As for those Three Propositions, those have perplexed me ever since I first learned of them. Basically they are three voter approved taxes, as in fees on renting livestock stalls, parking and event tickets.
To supposedly approve the building of this arena the Fort Worth voters were asked to approve one proposition to charge a livestock rental fee, another proposition to add a parking fee tax. And a third proposition to add a fee tax to event tickets.
Yes, you reading this in an area of America that operates normally, each of those three "propositions" was a separate entry on the ballot. Instead of a straight up vote to approve a bond measure to build an arena, voting to approve of these three goofy propositions was the yes or no vote on the arena.
It's been a couple years now since the Fort Worth sheep, I mean voters, approved of those three goofy propositions. Has construction begun yet on the new arena after all this time since the voters approved of those three goofy propositions? Or has this project become mired in Fort Worth Boondoggle mode along with three stuck bridges being built over dry land to connect Fort Worth's mainland to an imaginary island?