During tonight’s Candidate Forum, candidates Short, Larkin, and Bloom opposed our decision to give 4,000 acres of our ETJ to Rockwall, all for somewhat different reasons and all of them fallacious.
Mayoral Candidate Short: “We gave away our city’s future as well as all the missed potential tax revenue.”
Mr. Short made this statement even though he was made aware in a candidate forum the week before that Rockwall City Mayor Jim Pruitt notified us that all three landowners did indeed file for a MUD district, which the Rockwall City Council prevented from happening; something that our city would have been powerless to prevent. This begs the question about the kind of vision Mr. Short has for our community.
City Council Candidate Bloom: “I am an experienced negotiator and I believe that I could have helped work with the developers for a solution that benefits all parties. It’s ridiculous that the city got nothing tangible in exchange for giving away all that property.”
As my July 3, 2017-post, “4,000-acre ETJ handover (taking a stand against apartments/ townhomes/ MUD’s)” proves, the only thing Mr. Bloom could have negotiated out of these developers is a cup of coffee. Mr. Bloom also disregards state law, which prohibits any kind of exchange for ETJ land handovers. Of course, the brain trust of Bloom’s campaign never let ethics get in their way so why should it get in his way.
City Council Candidate Larkin: “The City Council rushed through this decision without really giving citizens any opportunity to really understand what was happening.”
This despite the fact that Mr. Larkin attended last year’s Special Meeting on this issue. I blogged about it and we posted the facts about it on the city website. The Rockwall Hilarious Banner wrote a story about it. I met with several citizens that had questions in person and by phone. Wayne Orchard and I even sat down in a futile attempt to negotiate with the developers. Four months elapsed between the time that we received the request to the handover. Mr. Larkin opposes what we did because he’s running for office but doesn’t have a firm grasp on the facts, which is why he’s trying to turn his ignorance into our shortcoming.