Category Archives: Tax Payers Money Wasted

4-3 Vote Allows Council to Vote Again On Same Topic

In a strange interpretation of the council rules, the council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to put the topic of initiating a study to see if the municipal court will fit on the 5th floor of city hall by voting to initiate a study to see if the municipal court will fit on the 5th floor of city hall.

Confused? So are we.  Apparently, at Tuesday’s meeting the council could only discuss if they want to do it, not vote to actually do it.  So, at the next meeting, the council will vote to actually have city staff conduct the study.  Not sure why anyone would change their vote, it’s the same topic but we guess those are the rules.

The good news: Council members John Knutsen, Rick Hansen, Kent Boyle, and Don Malloy are attempting to gather information into a potential huge savings of city funds, as well as utilizing city hall more efficiently.

The bad news: Council members Nicole Martineau, Tami Brouillet, and Kathy Turner has no interest in even seeing if this huge savings is a possibility.

Here is a link to the video from Tuesday night’s meeting.  On the left hand side, scroll down to item #9 on the agenda and click it to see the discussion on moving the court.

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Facts About the Rotary Stage

Thursday night concerts in the park are a favorite for many Puyallup residents.  They bring the community together and provide fun, free entertainment for families in these tough economic times.

The concerts are great, the stage is not.  The Rotary Stage cost you, the tax payers a lot of money.  It’s a concrete slab, with four posts, a roof, and some speakers.  We asked someone on Saturday at the Farmer’s Market how much they believed the stage cost to build, including design, construction, permits.  They guessed $30,000. 

Sorry, Sumner built their stage for $30,000, not Puyallup.

Puyallup’s stage cost $220,000!!!  Wait, let me say that again, $220,ooo for a concrete slab, four posts, a roof, and some speakers!  You could have built a two-story house for that much money.  In these times, when the city is $10 million in the hole, things like this show you exactly why they’re in such a deep hole.

Click the keep reading button to see the exact breakdown of the costs, provided by the City: Continue reading

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