It was clear from the Sunday article in The Paducah Sun that no one in the current city of Paducah administration is minding the taxpayer's interest regarding the proposed aquatic center.
The city manager says the "size is subject to change," that "it is an ever-changing project," "77,000 square feet today … might be 60,000 square feet next week … 80,000 square feet the following week … we're not set yet."
In other words…$22 million today, $28.1 million next week, $29.2 million the following week, we're not set yet.
We were told several weeks ago to expect an operational shortfall of $400,000 the first year and $800,000 in the first four or five years, not including the bond finance payment for 20 years.
Then we were told the fees are not set yet. If no fees are set, how can you tell us taxpayers the losses in the first five years are $800,000? Perhaps the loses are "not set yet."
We taxpayers pay to finance it, we pay fees to use it, we pay to fill in the annual shortfall.
The city manager appears to be admitting he is not managing the project on behalf of taxpayers, so perhaps the out-of-town consultant is managing it. Most big city consultants are paid based on project scope. Does anyone expect the aquatic center to end up at 45,000 square feet? I don't; it will likely be pushing the 80,000 square feet figure.
Thankfully Commissioner Richard Abraham remains on the inside and will continue to ask the necessary questions taxpayers are dying to know.
Nick L. Warren