|BCIC Board Meeting, 9/15/2016|
"We've heard some things about that group recently. Some entities are no longer sending their contribution. What if we send $20,000 and the group falls apart? Can we 'protect our money,' so to speak?"
That was the first we'd heard about United Brownsville disbanding. It wasn't until we got back home later tonight and read Juan Montoya's El Rrun Rrun about Mike Gonzalez not being retained as executive director that any "discouraging words" about United Brownsville had been heard from city sources.
|BCIC Executive Director Rebeca Castillo|
Certainly, it's questionable that the Cameron County Commissioners Court would choose to fund a group promoting only one city in the county. To their credit, they've ceased to contribute.
A case could be made for the idiocy of Texas Southmost College to contribute to an entity tied to only one city in their very extended tax base and intended student recruitment. Why should parents in Harlingen, for example, pay tuition to TSC, knowing that part of that money will be used to "promote Brownsville?" Texas Southmost College no longer funds United Brownsville.
The Port of Brownsville has ceased contributing.
When P.U.B. contributes money to United Brownsville, it comes from ratepayers who've already paid once as City of Brownsville residents, then, once again from BCIC taxpayer dollars and, then again, from GBIC taxpayer dollars. If they pay tuition for their kids to go to TSC or have a home in Brownsville or Cameron County, they pay dues, yet again to United Brownsville.
Yet, the voters have never elected one person to serve on the United Brownsville Coordinating Committee.