TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:
Zack Smith brought up some valid thoughts in his Letter to the Editor on Jan. 2 regarding the bond issue the mayor and city council have proposed.
I agree with Mr. Smith completely on the need for capital improvements which should have been started many years ago in a methodical and intelligent way. Department heads can only do so much with what they have been allocated in the past budgets and we find ourselves with a lot of things the city owns in need of repair and replacement. I also agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Smith on the uncanny ability that NSU has to extract money from the city's needs, then charge us for using their facilities.
The proposal for use of the bond money is not going to please everyone but it does go a long way in attempting to get caught up on modernizing the city and making it a more friendly and safe place in which to live. I also agree with Mr. Smith on the extreme amount of money that falls between the cracks on a bond issue. A million dollars to go for arranging the bond. Out of that there will be money paid to people for their “help” in getting the bond passed. I believe everyone who benefits should be listed and let the citizens decide if they think this is a fair way of doing business. That would be part of the “openness” that is so much in need now that money is tight.
I couldn't agree more with your take on the NSU involvement in the city's finances. They seem to have an endless supply of money from the federal government, state and other sources and should be able to live within their budget. I suspect that most of their classrooms have a utility value of about 5 percent of available time. Their existence should be based on education, not building empires, kingdoms and amassing stuff.