Rio Nuevo Misconceptions

January 13, 2012
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Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facility District (RNMFD)
J.A. Bain

                                                                                Rio Nuevo Misconceptions

The unpaid reconstituted Rio Nuevo Board has been accused by city bureaucrats of wanting to harm the City and downtown development. Untrue, the Board is comprised of volunteers committed to the financial health and welfare of our community, including a vibrant downtown.

There is a misconception that the Board’s commissioned legal and accounting efforts harm the city. However, Board member Jonathan Paton says, “Nothing could be further from the truth. The Board only commissions work to protect taxpayers and to further effective downtown development.”

The board has been accused of feeding their rich consulting friends.
Not true, the Board commissioned the audits which have saved taxpayers at least $507,000 to over $2 mil., according to project cost and budget reviews employed by the previous Tucson Mayor and Council.

Councilman Kozachik claimed that the Board is “not serious” about progress and suggests that the city will move forward on their own. Again, the Board has not stood in the way of progress. As a matter of fact, it was the actions of the Board that pushed the issues into a timeframe for potential ‘real’ resolution. The call by the volunteer Board led to mediation which will result in progress.

“Discovering savings through the audits alone has provided the Board with hope and the possibility that the hard work of the Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace and others may perhaps come to fruition.” said Board Chair Jodi Bain.

The savings provided through oversight by the Board is winning back the taxpayers’ trust through transparency and making progress possible. The Board believes that despite the many missteps and misspent monies of the past, there is a foundation recognized upon which the future downtown improvements can be made.

Over the next several weeks the Board will release information which should clear up numerous misconceptions perpetuated by many interested in preventing trust and real progress.
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