Ed Katarsky of the parking authority said
- We were lied too!
Let’s take a look at the lies Ed may have been referring to:
What The King said V.S. What He Meant
Leighton said Wednesday. “What we lost was future money we could use now.”
Meant: We squandered everything we had on hand, and all that’s left is what’s yet to come!
Leighton said that “future money” would have been available now and in coming years to keep taxes down, improve infrastructure and hire more police officers.
Meant: I will dangle public safety, and higher taxes, once again in the hopes the Sheeple will fall for it!
The mayor wants to talk to the parking authority about forming a NEW municipal authority that would assume control of all the city’s parking assets – 2,113 garage spaces, 160 surface lot spaces and 800 parking meters. Some authority members have come out in support of taking over the city-owned portion – the Intermodal Transportation Center and meters. The authority controls the parking garages and surface lots.
Meant: The current authority didn’t fold under pressure, so I must create a NEW authority, That I can control!
Drew Mc-Laugh-In chimes in:
Drew McLaughlin, the city’s administrative coordinator, said the city does not have the ability to dissolve an independent authority.
Even Drew knows “YOU DON’T OWN ME” the city has said many times we don’t own the authority. Remember this is why they didn’t need to follow the bid process, so the King has no authority, but will the Parking Authority stay strong, or will they bail on the taxpayers?
“The mayor and City Council are committed to working with the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority on pursuing a public option that would consolidate the assets under the control of a new authority,” McLaughlin said. “We are exploring a public finance option and not a private lease. …”
Meant: We need to sell this another way!
Leighton said the city administration is starting the budget process. The mayor will present his 2013 budget in October. Property taxes were not raised last year, he said, but he can’t make any guarantees the same will be true for next year.
“The loss of a parking deal might affect taxes or employment,” Leighton said. “We said all along if leasing the parking assets was not in the best interest of the taxpayers, we wouldn’t do it.”
Meant: We are broke because of my back room deals, and if this doesn’t work YOU WILL PAY FOR IT!
News Flash Folks, you are already paying for it!
Wake Up Wilkes Barre