Response to CS Councilmember Fields' OpEd

By: David Neeley, College Station City Manager
By: David Neeley, College Station City Manager

OpEd Piece by CS Councilmember Jess Fields
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The following is a response by College Station City Manager David Neeley to Councilmember Jess Fields' opinion piece, which can be read by clicking here:

A number of corrections and clarifications must be made to Councilman Fields' opinion piece submitted to KBTX-TV:

INACCURATE:
Tonight's meeting includes a proposal to approve the creation of two Municipal Management Districts within The Medical Corridor.

ACCURATE:
This action will not be taken for nearly another month -- Jan. 10. Tonight's meeting is to receive further direction from the city council and to allow them to make changes to the draft legislation.

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INACCURATE:
If one of the MMDs were to fail, all of its liabilities would be transferred to the city and its taxpayers.

ACCURATE:
The city and its taxpayers would not be party to the debt; instead, the bond holder would be.

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INACCURATE:
The special meeting on Dec. 4 was the first actual discussion about MMDs.

ACCURATE:
This two-year-long process -- including six sitting council members and two council member-elects touring existing MMDs in the Houston area -- has provided the city council with many opportunities to learn about MMDs, ask questions and voice concerns. The very purpose of tonight's meeting is for council to discuss the changes they desire to the draft legislation.

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INACCURATE:
Scott & White and The Med will be in two different MMDs and will have authority to collect ad valorem taxes.

ACCURATE:
They will be in the same MMD -- one not proposed to have taxing authority. It's also important to note that the city council has consistently indicated its expectations that property owners wanting to opt out of an MMD are able to do so.

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INACCURATE:
If a MMD board vacancy occurs in the middle of a term, the board can fill it without approval from the city council.

ACCURATE:
Details such as this are amendable and an excellent example of the discussion points council members would be expected to cover tonight.

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There are additional areas of the councilman's opinion piece that lack an appropriate level of context, but the ongoing process for discussion and decision-making on these MMDs will continue to allow reliable information to emerge.

David Neeley
College Station City Manager


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