This week, I saw part three of KCBD's investigation into the North and East Lubbock Development Corporation. It's a series of stories addressing the secrecy, conflicts of interest, and misdirection by the leaders of this tax-funded organization.
First, let me say it is all pretty confusing and hard to follow. Having said that, a few things are consistently clear. The people involved are tied too closely together and they are making decisions that benefit each other - all with our tax money. Plus, they don't think you and I have a right to see how they are spending it.
I don't care how noble the mission is, any entity that takes tax dollars should open their books and show how it is being spent.
The latest excuse is that they couldn't release their records because they contained private information about private citizens.
Well, for the record, KCBD is not asking for anyone's private information. In fact, we don't want it. We want to see if our tax dollars are being spent wisely. Furthermore, it's a shame that people's private information is being used as a reason not to be accountable to the public.
I hope the Lubbock City Council is watching this closely, because we will be watching their votes on this issue even closer.
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