City Councilman Chad Magill has endorsed the group Neighborhoods First's stand against the Destination Bayfront project, an almost $45 million project that goes to voters in November.
A person who owns a property valued at $100,000 will see their taxes go up by about $23 a year if the bond is approved.
Magill announced that he did not support the project following a City Council presentation back in February. Recently on his web page, Magill said he feels that now is not the time for the project.
"I think Destination Bayfront is a great project. It could be funded publicly in the future, but at this time, our needs far outweigh our wants," Magill said. "The current vote for November on Destination Bayfront would raise taxes, and for some, that's okay. Myself, I don't think that's okay. I think we've burdened the taxpayers enough."
Magill said he believes the project should be funded privately.
Mayor Nelda Martinez said the project has always been a combination of funding.
"Destination Bayfront has always been a public-private partnership, and the private sector in the first phase will raise the $15 million before any bonds are sold," Martinez said.
The mayor added that the economic boost the park would give the city would go a long way toward funding of all infrastructure improvements, including city streets.
Voters will decide on public funding for the project on Nov. 5.
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