I hear you, JAT. We are on the same page.
I don't understand why folks get labeled 'anti-Victoria' or 'anti-growth' anytime they ask questions.
It is always amusing when folks rail against the 'communist/socialist/nazi' in Washington, but are completely fine with the 'don't ask questions' or 'try to look behind the curtain' mentality in Victoria.
Well stated, EdithAnn,The Sales Tax Development Corporation is still active and has become a 'slush fund' for whatever is the currently fashionable improvement-of-the-day. The 1995 campaign for Victoria citizens to pass this tax on ourselves was ... 'that the money raised by the tax was going to be used for 'needed infrastructure repairs', i.e. sewers, drainage, STREETS, and so on. After 14 years of collecting this tax, I invite you to drive down our streets and see if the promise has been kept.
This money is being used for skate parks, softball fields, downtown landscaping, a portico on the convention center, over passes, hike & bike trails that get closed down, (and as someone says, 'the road to nowhere'). All of these items can be considered as infrastructure BUT they are not what people voted to tax themselves for ... which was Fixing The *#%$ Streets!
The council members that are currently on the STDBoard are Armstrong, Soliz & Truman. I invite you to look up the other 'citizen' members of the board and compare them to the people who went to Kentucky. It doesn't take a genius to guess which way the wind is blowing.
Let's face the facts. There is just 'X' amount of money to use. ($67 million has been collected by this tax from 1996 thru 2009)Fixing the streets is just not 'glamorous' enough and you don't get to take a 'fact finding' trip to Kentucky before you do it.
Your choices are to convince the members of the STDB to use the money for its intended purpose ... or ... keep on buying new shock absorbers.
justataxpayer and bighorn--
Excellent observations and suggestions.
As you pointed out JAT--there was a move many years ago to do some sprucing up. The Sales Tax Development Corp. was formed to collect a 1/2 cent tax for infrastructure and streets and such. This was about 1995 or so. Victoria County voters voted for this.
bighorn, the STDC is still in place. It is still collecting that tax. Where you may recall heaing STDC mentioned of late is in connection with Caterpillar moving to town.
Rather than spend the all collected tax on infrastructure as promised, 320 acres off Lone Tree Road was purchased and allowed to sit, unused, until Dale Fowler and the VEDC had just the right business on the line to come to Victoria. Then he gave it away.
Actually, of all the things our City and County leaders have rushed to participate in, the Texas Main Street Project is probably the sanest and most reasonable of them. Our investment is minimal and not unlike pretty much everywhere else, our downtown has many things that appeal to a lot of folks. It is certainly not a case of 'something for everyone' nor should it be. Downtown has its own uniqueness, and that should not be disturbed in an effort to be 'something for everyone'.
Could someone please add up all the expenditures the city has agreed to or contract to spend, in the next 10 years for which no budgeted tax funds have been set up to pay for..
Such as the over passes at the East High school.
As I vaguely remember its around ten million and I mean vaguely
Good summation of our current council, Justataxpayer. I'm amazed that our city leadership is composed of mostly business people who show absolutely zero business sense when managing "some one else's money".
A special taxing district is exactly what should be used to build up Victoria's dead gem. A revival of Downtown makes much more sense than most proposals of whizzing away tax dollars.
the idea of a fesitval in the park, with local bands, and perhaps some local vendors and artists with booths/tables set up to sell things seems like a good one
Kentucky has sense of pride? these people barely have teeth here. To be honest, it feels good seeing the Texas flag flying high in KY and believe you me, there are many Texans flags flying high in the blue grass state.
I quess these business "persons" who fell in love with Paducah will also want us to adopt the Paducah Zoning Code.
"Sec. 126-1. Purpose and scope of chapter.(a) An ordinance of the city hereby establishes comprehensive zoning regulations and provides for the administration, enforcement and amendment thereof, in accordance with the provisions of KRS ch. 100, enacted by the Legislature of Kentucky, and for the repeal of all laws in conflict herewith. (Code 1968, app. A, § 10)(b) The city does hereby ordain and enact into law the following zoning regulations in pursuance of authority conferred by KRS ch. 100, as amended, and for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity or general welfare of the city, and in accordance with a comprehensive plan, designed to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic and other dangers, to provide for adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements, being made with reasonable consideration, among other things, of the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses; and with a view of promoting desirable living conditions and the sustained stability of neighborhoods, protecting property against blight and depreciation, securing economy in governmental expenditures, conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land, buildings, and other structures throughout.(Code 1968, app. A, § 11; Ord. No. 76-10-1339, 10-26-76; Code 1996, § 156.001)
I would love to see a booming downtown Victoria. We need more things to attract those university students!
I think you will see that the street dances and live concerts will be back in downtown Victoria sooner than you think. Hope that you will all be able to come out an enjoy downtown Victoria!
"Why do we no longer have concerts downtown? Except for Cinco de Mayo"
These events require pride, hard work, organization and should be financed by the private sector. Like the Cinco de Mayo celebration. These virtues are hard to come by these days.
Sound like we will get a TAX increase!
familyman, when the city decided Brother Gary Moses was not their image and they tried doing it alone, this is what occurred; ___ << zilched.
If you bring in Brother you could cut in half if not more the tourist expense and business aligned meetings that occur to have things happen here. Try it.
But there has to be a spokesperson from city to common folk. Whats in place now is a disconnect. Otherwise how do you like your cheese?
Why do we no longer have concerts downtown? Except for Cinco de Mayo. Back in the 80's and into the 90's there used to be concerts at the gazebo on Main street downtown. People would bring their lunch and listen to live music from local artist. Those are the days I miss! There were some vendors and local crafts available. Do you remember those days? I would like to see that happen again in the City of Victoria.
What an INSPIRING STORY!!
I hope that many will take this to heart and run
About 50 yrs. ago, downtown Victoria was a bustling
vibrant part of our city.
There were movie theaters, retail stores/shops, restaurants
AND LOTS OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES!!
And a WHOLE LOT OF INTERACTION with the residents of our community.
People took time to speak/visit/commune with one another!!On any given day, I could walk down the Main streetand see a dozen or more persons that I knew.
Eating downtown STILL gives me a chance to see/meet up
with many old friends, and be in touch with lives.
What is wrong with revitalizing this area?
I spend a lot of my leisure time downtown still.
And I spend money at the downtown restaurants now as well.
Downtown Victoria gives me a sense of restfulness, from
fighting traffic on the North side.
It also offers individualism in the dining choices, rather thanthe prepackaged Chain restaurants.
My family all share in my dream to see Downtown Victoriabecome again a wonderful place!
It will take work, and it will take money, but the folks that chooseto locate Downtown Victoria, will receive business,
but more importantly intrinsic values of life not found
in the hectic, manic movement on the North side.
I prefer to NOT SPEND a large part of my day sitting idlely at
stop lights, or in traffic lines, people lines.........to have LIFE!
How about also helping out that neighborhood park just off the downtown square?
I feel that Kentucky has a sense of pride and different culture than Victoria. It would be unfortunate if even one of these beautiful murals were painted in Victoria then defaced by some of the mentality we have down here.