The Fort Worth City Council voted last week to spend $6.63 million toward building three bridges for the Trinity River Uptown boondoggle over a channel that doesn’t exist. Total cost of the bridges will be $73.7 million.
In its Saturday editorial the Star-Telegram called that a wise move. But isn’t it really a roll-the-dice gamble?
The cost of the $909 million project is to be borne 50-50 by local taxpayers and the feds. The editorial concluded that the project will be completed unless federal funds dry up altogether.
Aye, there’s the rub.
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What if federal funds do dry up? What if a cash-strapped, sequestering Congress reneges on its half like it did with the Waxahachie Superconducting Super Collider? Would taxpayers then be asked to pass a $500 million bond to dig the ditch underneath the bridges?
— Don Woodard Sr., Fort Worth