Pueblo officials peeved about over-budget projects? Hey, at least they're not Denver

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Pueblo's elected leaders are peeved that the city is currently $1.4 million over budget in its ongoing effort to remodel Pueblo's historic City Hall building. Councilmembers there are comparing the project to their experience with the construction of Pueblo's Municipal Justice Center in 2008, when costs rose some $13 million above original estimates. But Pueblo shouldn't feel bad. In Denver, the new Justice Center Complex completed last year ended up costing $66 million more than expected -- and nobody even noticed.

Such is life in the big city. Denver International Airport was billions of dollars over budget when it opened in 1995. The cost of completing FasTracks transit projects throughout the metro area is facing a $2.2 billion shortfall.

When voters approved a bond package to construct a new county jail, courthouse and other safety facilities in 2005, the price tag was $378 million. But fluctuations in construction prices and other unforeseen costs drove the tab up to $444 million. City officials were lucky that they had extra money from bond premiums to pull from and land parcels that they could sell off in order to close the budget gap. Otherwise, the political fallout might have been bad.

And who might it have landed on? Well, the official who initially headed the justice center project, James Mejia, is currently running for mayor.

Michael Roberts has interviewed all the mayoral candidates; read his profile of James Mejia here.

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¿Por qué los que hablan español o tienen nombres hispanos (o cualquier otra persona) votarian por un candidato que cita como uno de sus principales logros la construcción de una cárcel de 1.500 camas en el centro de Denver? Su afirmación de que "El proyecto se construyó a tiempo y dentro del presupuesto" se contradice con los hechos: los votantes aprobaron $ 378 millones, pero el costo actual es $ 444 000 000 para esta instalación innecesaria.

Why would those who speak Spanish or have hispanic names (or anyone else) vote for a candidate who cites as one of his chief accomplishments the building of a 1500-bed jail in downtown Denver? His claim that "The project was built on-time and under budget" is contradicted by the facts: voters approved $378 million, but the present cost is $444 million for this unnecessary facility.

Linkhart for Denver!

Robert ChaseColorado Coalition fot Patients and CaregiversVice-Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Branch of Willie Nelson's Teapot Party

P.S. Gracias a Google por la traducción.


Who said that Mejia can speak Spanish.. at the FRESC Mayor's Forum on Saturday April 9th, at La Alma Recreation Center.... Mejia all but broke his teeth trying to express himself en Espanol. Doug Linkhart spoke better Spanish than Mejia did. That's why I Dig Doug!

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