Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Developer Dan and the Hogs at the Trough
What a surprise! Developed Dan tells the Fayetteville City Council's Street Committee that the most pressing road improvement needs are three projects to alleviate traffic congestion caused by commercial development at the north edge of town, and he proposes to spend $9.3 million to better serve those businesses that chose to build on the city outskirts in the Springdale School District.
These are road projects to help the same business "leaders" who fought against the road impact fees to assess commercial developments and require them to pay their fair share for traffic improvements that support their sales income and profits. Now you get to pay to improve access for their customer traffic, and they enjoy the last laugh.
The citizens who voted last year to increase the city sales tax on groceries and other necessities to fund street improvements should feel like the chumps they are, and they should listen closely as the developers, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Fayetteville Economic Development Council laugh loudly at them. All the way to the bank.