I want to echo the thoughts of others. This issue, in my opinion, comes down to being honest and having integrity. To state this area of Victoria needs revitalization, by any definition, is not being truthful.
Last night I was reading a book regarding truth in our government and the author stated "the citizenary lying to the government is a felony but the government lying to the citizens is politics". We don't need more politics in our local school district.
For the School Board to make a statement that this area needs revitalization is equivalent to a student lying on a test. These "points" are awarded based on the answers to the questions and information provided. If a student in VISD cheated by stating something on a test that was not true in an effort to get points that were not earned, what would be the outcome?
The issue raised by N3225J regarding a scam I hope is not valid. Some quick research finds that this same group received the tax credits they requested for a project in Indiana, stating 40% of the units were being reserved for low cost housing. The very first year this property was on the tax roles Pedcor protested the appraised value. Their argument for a lower taxable value was that 40% of the units were reserved for low cost housing. Should we question the integrity of a group that protests the appraised value of a property using the same exact set of circumstances they used to qualify for the tax credits? I will leave this answer to those who read the comments. The factual support for this can be found at:
Pedcor lost the protest.
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Cheers to EdithI have lived here since 1966 and I feel a scam comming on.
Why don't they place this complex on the south side of Victoria. There is already 2 affordable housing complexes in that general vicinity. We need to spread them out a little more.
I agree entirely with Edith Ann. Pedcor should earn that point by proposing an affordable housing initiative in an area that actually needs revitalization, not by asking city officials to lie and to compromise the integrity of the city. Pedcor should stop trying to make it sound like it's doing this for Victoria's benefit. Make no mistake. Pedcor is doing this for its own benefit. This corporation needs to work with the city to find an area in actual need of revitalization--there are plenty of them.
VISD Board---do not buy into this sham! Pedcor is asking you to be dishonest! Your integrity is at stake here! Pay attention to what the City did, and reject this request! Pedcor will tell you that 'revitalization' is loosely defined, but don't take their word for it. They have an agenda!
Pedcor, there are tons of other locations in this town that would more than likely meet your needs. Find a better location and then ask again. But please stop asking our city leaders to be dishonest!!