Bowman’s Public Works Building Flip-Flop
By Andrew Richter
Now, I have to say that I’ve never seen the financing of a building get so much attention in an election but the Angry Bird/Sour Grapes candidates continue to advocate that borrowing should have been done to pay for the new Public Works Building in Crystal. None more so than former mayor ReNae Bowman. Here are the comments from her website:
I would have bonded for at least $10 million dollars to preserve other accounts and interest income.
OK everyone got that? Bonded for AT LEAST $10 million (meaning that would have been the minimum) with of course the interest payments for 15 or 20 years that go along with it that she doesn’t mention.
But, Bowman was singing a different tune back when she was the outgoing mayor in 2012. There were no worries then about our cash reserves, or bond rating, or interest income. In this Mayor’s Minutes from December 3, 2012, Bowman brags that she did such a great job, the public works building could mostly be paid for “upfront.”
So what’s changed? Why was it great to pay for the public works building upfront in 2012 and horrible to do it in 2015?
I think what changed was the political landscape. Bowman and her friends aren’t in charge anymore and she hates the current mayor and council so much that she simply HAS to criticize whatever they do. What else could it be?