If you want to find out which of the members of the Manassas Park Governing Board have been corrupted by land developers, on July 31st you’ll have your unassailable answer.
An outfit called EMSI Properties has offered to purchase two city owned land parcels totaling about eight acres at a price $1 per square foot. Although the current land assessments for these properties is $5.5 million, EMSI Properties is offering to pay $354,283, about 6.5% of the current value. On July 17th (when public attendance at such meetings tends to be at the absolute low point, even for Manassas Park) there was a public hearing on this proposed sale and from the comments of the board members it looks like this actually has a chance of being accepted rather than being derisively laughed at.
I wonder how much of the massive profit that EMSI would gain from yet another land fire sale by the City of Manassas Park at the expense of the public would wind up in the pockets of members of the Governing Board just to help this deal go through. We’ll know, by who actually votes for this utterly ridiculous taxpayer ripoff who is getting paid off, but finding out how much they’ll get will be a harder question to answer. At least until the FBI gets off it’s collective butt and starts unraveling this latest nightmare, along with all the previous ones.
On a related note, some mainstream media (of course it’s not the Manassas News & Messenger) is poking around the condition of Manassas Park’s finances and their ability to make payments on bonds issued to finance the city’s wildly lavish taste in municipal architectural monuments. With the local tax base shrinking — a condition hardly helped by selling off and devaluing B-2 and I-1 zoned land at six and a half cents on the dollar, school enrollment exploding due to a steadfast disregard to illegal aliens unlawfully residing in the city, and every commercial real estate gamble by the city coming up snake-eyes, it looks like this city is moving ever closer to default. I suspect we’re going to see what’s happening to Greece play out in Manassas Park in short order, thanks to corruption where builders and developers get rich while local elected officials, for utterly mysterious and unexplained reasons, make utterly insane decisions about how to spend public money and saddle taxpayers with debt loads they’ll never be able to bear.
To add to all this craziness, Mayor Frank Jones is running for re-election. Seriously.
Mayor Frank Jones tours the nearly-vacant People’s Glorious City Center of Boundless Happiness, accompanied by leaders of the Dear Frank Jones Fan Club.
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