To the Editor:
Since TxDOT four times denied funding Belton’s Boondoggle-Bridge-to-Nowhere, officials continue to employ every subterfuge they know to control the outcome.
The new scheme now for the bridge that will primarily serve the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus and football stadium is to fund it by tax increases.
Belton’s obstinate officials are a mere “funnel,” by which millions of tax dollars have poured into enhancements for the religious “tax-exempt” organizations they affiliate with; they’ll use any means necessary to get-get-get.
The latest example is seen in their hand-picked 2013 Capital Improvements Committee.
The demographic makeup of the 20-member C.I.P. Committee follows: ONE African-American from South Belton; ONE Caucasian from South Belton; EIGHTEEN North Belton Caucasians and ZERO Hispanics, even though Belton has a 30 percent Hispanic population with the majority living in South Belton.
After a letter to the editor (KDH, Jan. 26) exposed the committee’s makeup, Belton officials excused their actions by claiming they couldn’t find a qualified Hispanic for the 2013 CIP committee.
Additionally, this follows officials renaming two streets for UMHB but when black community leaders requested a street renamed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., officials stymie their efforts via new policies.
Officials have demonstrated a propensity to support UMHB and North Belton enhancements while repeatedly ignoring South Belton areas (i.e. South Main Street, where pedestrians, even those who are handicapped, are forced to enter onto a busy Main Street for transportation).
Thus, South Belton citizens, especially minorities, are given every reason to vote “no” on our officials’ 2013 capital improvements.