The BCIC is not a grocery chain needing to advertise weekly specials. They are not selling insurance, hearing aids, cemetery plots or pizza. Why, then, did the distributor of so-called "quality of life" tax dollars need to spend hundreds of hard-earned tax dollars by taking out a full page ad in Sunday's Brownsville Herald to advertise itself?
And make no mistake. Every penny spent by the BCIC, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation, comes from taxes drawn from the country's poorest community.
Incredibly, a 16 inch column, positioned on the left side of the full page ad, gives us a "bio" of board member Evarardo "Eddy" Galvan. We learn where he works, his job description, where he went to high school and what he studied at UT-Brownsville. Who the hell cares? More importantly, why should the taxpayers pay for Eddy's promo?
The full page ad at taxpayer's expense is just the latest example of the BCIC's disrespectful, frivolous squandering of tax monies. Last year, after complaining about their cramped, but free, quarters within the city commission building, the BCIC entered into a lease on half of a small building, costing the taxpayers $86,983 the first year, not including janitorial services.
Even if the BCIC "needed" an office, why not use available space at City Plaza, the unused second floor at Market Square or any one of 13 buildings purchased by the city for $3.5 million in 2012, now sitting idle, decaying?
Just because state law permits using 1/4 cent from each retail dollar taxed in the city doesn't authorize the BCIC to waste or squander any of the nearly $5 million generated each year to improve the "quality of life" of Brownsville's citizens.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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