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By Jack Schilling

Letter To The Editor: If the money goes to the pool, how will our streets get fixed?


Dear Editor:

The City Council will be selecting a new city manager soon. I hope they will pick one who will listen to the people and taxpayers of Sidney and stop this wasteful spending and overspending on projects.

In 2012, the voters approved a half-cent sales tax to help pay for our streets, pay for a swimming pool, upgrade the irrigation system and park improvements. So far, the city officials and city council have overspent on every project except for our deteriorating streets.

The so-called swimming pool was to get $3 million, and now it is up to $5.4 million, and council is crying they are short of money and they want to take the balance out of the half-cent sales tax infrastructure fund.

I would like to make a bet with the council – a six-pack of beer each – that the final cost of the co-called swimming pool will be between $6 million and $8 million. That is a long way from the $3 million.

Now, when will there be any money left to fix our deteriorating streets?

– Jack Schilling



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