The management of the Marietta Daily Journal was a strong proponent for the passage of the Franklin Road Redevelopment Bond referendum.
The front page story in the Nov. 23 MDJ gives a strong indication that the price gouging and waste of taxpayer dollars that many of us expected when we voted against the issue has already begun, see “Price Goes Up, But City Still Buys Complex.”
Based on its strong support of the issue, I challenge the MDJ to report fully and fairly on taxpayer money spent on this project. By this I mean obtain full disclosure from the City of Marietta and report to its readers all the details relating to each parcel purchased including, but not limited to, the following:
The ownership of each parcel, not the corporate name of the seller but the names of the persons who own the corporation and their affiliation, past or present, to any part of the Marietta City Government, their past real estate dealings with the city, etc.
The date of purchase by the current owner and the price paid by that owner.
The price to be paid by the city for each parcel.
The assessed value of each parcel and current taxes received by the city.
The sale price if and when each parcel is sold by the city and the name(s) of the buyers, again not the corporate name but the names of the individuals owing the corporation and their relationship(s) with the city.
The number of people being dispossessed by each purchase and the ongoing cost for their relocation.