Robbinsdale gets Met Council Assistance
By Andrew Richter
Here is an interesting story from the Sun Post;
The City of Robbinsdale received a $25,900 clean-up grant from the Metropolitan Council, awarded under the Tax Base Revitalization Grant.
Now you may ask “what is a Tax Base Revitalization Grant?”
Well here is how it is defined by the unconstitutional Met Council;
The Tax Base Revitalization Account (TBRA) helps cities clean up contaminated urban land for subsequent commercial and industrial development, thus restoring tax base and jobs near existing housing and services. This program is conducted in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development.
In other words, this money is being used to increase the tax base of a city so they can increase city spending.
The amount will help assist in asbestos abatement for property sites at 4122-28 West Broadway in downtown.
“It has to do with a redevelopment project with Travail Restaurant,” City Manager Marcia Glick, said. “Travail is going to be redeveloping, clearing and building a new one [restaurant].” As part of the prep work for construction of a new building, Glick said a lot of asbestos needs to be removed from the existing buildings. Asbestos removal is common among older buildings and needs to be handled properly so particles do not get into the air and lungs, Glick said.
Well the city of Robbinsdale chose to go ahead with this project knowing asbestos was going to be there didn’t they?
“It was perfect timing to apply for a Met Council grant to pay for the cost of removing the asbestos,” she said. The buildings scheduled for a spring demolition lay near Pawn America. Residents may remember the building when it housed Kathy’s Gingerbread House and, later, Merritt Tax.
So Mrs. Glick you’re happy that instead of Robbinsdale paying for its own project, you pawned the cost on to someone else.
Glick said Travail has two separate building concepts and is scheduled to open in the summer. The new location of the popular dining spot will accommodate more diners. “The older buildings will be torn down and a new building will be constructed,” Glick said. “They will be of more value than those there now.” Robbinsdale Economic Authority is funding the cost of the demolition and Glick said they will be reimbursed because the new building will be of higher value.
And what is the difference between Robbinsdale’s city council and their Economic Development Authority? Oh, that’s right they are one in the same!
“Our conservative calculations are we should see our investments returned to us,” she said. “Redevelopment is expensive and we appreciate funding help from the Met Council the helps pay for unexpected costs.”
Yes government spending is always a great investment….why should we ever doubt you. So let’s see; We pay taxes to the state of Minnesota, then they send money to the Met Council, then they send money to a city under the guise of a grant. No wasted money there right? Why don’t we just get rid of the Met Council and end this money-merry-go-round?