The Norman Transcript

Opinion

June 19, 2013

City doesn’t need to spend $521K for enhancements

NORMAN — Editor: The Transcript:

I read reporter Joy Hampton’s report on June 12 regarding the recent city council meeting. After picking my jaw up from the table, I thought I must have misread the article. Surely it had to be a misprint that the council voted to spend $521,400 for enhancements to the fountain in Legacy Park.

I read it again and, sure enough, in their infinite wisdom, the council voted to spend $521,400 for “seven water cannons, 21 spray nozzles, programming animation and colored LED lighting.”

A half a million dollars. Really? I looked up the architect’s pictures on the city of Norman website and, while impressive, I doubt that this will be the “draw” for cash-spending visitors that the council hopes it will be.

I think most Norman citizens will join me when I say that this is just a little extreme, especially when in the same council meeting, they slashed the general fund by $533,629. What truly needed items were cut to pay for the fountain upgrades?

Regardless of whether this half million was budgeted for the fountains, for most of us struggling to meet our household budgets and pay our bills, it does not appear to be the best use of this money for Norman, especially in these shaky economic times.  We should bank that money for future use.

TIM ABRAM

Norman

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