by William Skink
The study regime powered by public money just won’t stop, like a train chugging down the tracks. A loud train. With loud whistles.
Hey, I know, let’s spend $26,300 in public TIF money to fund a…RAILROAD QUIET ZONE ANALYSIS and TRAFFIC STUDY!!!!
I am unfortunately not kidding, the critical issue of loud train noises by train tracks is seriously something that public money will now be used to study:
On Thursday, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s board authorized the agency to provide up to $26,300 in Tax Increment Financing to fund a Railroad Quiet Zone Analysis and Traffic Study. The area affected would be generally near the lower Rattlesnake.
Tod Gass, a project manager with the MRA, said Missoula Mayor John Engen, City Council President Bryan von Lossberg and many concerned citizens have brought the issue forward recently.
TIF money is supposed to be used to address blight. How does the Missoula Redevelopment Agency justify using TIF funds for studies? Are loud sounds now considered blight?
I would also like to know exactly how many “concerned citizens” are making this an issue. Is there some threshold of concern that must be met, or can a few entitled idiots in the lower Rattlesnake neighborhood trigger the use of public money because they didn’t realize living by train tracks comes with loud train noises?
Train noise is not an issue that warrants the use of public money meant to address blight. The real issue is how public money is being misused.
In a Reptile Dysfunction exclusive, I have obtained a photograph of Mayor Engen handing over the City credit card to a stingy member of the private sector:
I think the answer to that question is yes!