Atrium Mall and Office Equipment are in dire need of new sidewalks and have again come to the City of Havre to see about using our local CTEP funds to complete the project. Mr. Shaw said at Monday night’s council meeting that they couldn’t afford to replace their sidewalks unless they received substantial funding from the City for the $128, 765 project. Mr. Shaw was only in favor of paying the 13.42% CTEP match money or about $17,280. While we would all agree that the work needs to be done there are those of use that do not favor the use of our local tax funds to finance improvements to privately owned property. Mr. Shaw and Mr. Edmonds did in fact purchase their real property at a discounted price because of the poor condition of the buildings and sidewalks. Why should tax dollars then be used to inflate the value of a privately held real estate investment? The CTEP funds are best used for projects that will benefit all CityTaxpayers instead of a couple of local business people.
To add insult to this request Edmonds and Shaw were both parties to an earlier blog story where they hired the out of town Gallagher Paving to re-pave their parking lots. Yes, the same Gallagher that was reported by the Better Business Bureau fraud division to have duped their clients with poor workmanship and materials. If they refuse to support local businesses with their purchases why should the local taxpayers rush to approve the use of tax dollars meant to enhance the City for everyone?
The council meets Thursday, October 27th at 5:30 to discuss this matter. Call your council person and tell them to vote NO on this CTEP request.