Tempe wants to raise taxes to pay for repairs to the
Tempe Town Toilet
When Tempe originally built the Tempe Town Toilet they got a VERBAL guarantee that the rubber damns would last 20 or 30 years. Of course they got screwed on that and one dam only lasted 10 years before it burst open. And of course a verbal guarantee ain't world jack sh*t in a lawsuit.
Most of the time the Tempe Town Toilet is used to host events that the city of Tempe uses to raise revenue, such as rock festivals and other events. And of course all of these events cost money to attend.
The events hosted at the Tempe Town Toilet are also a nuisance for residents that live in the area because they cause huge traffic jams and noise from the rock concerts which can be heard over a mile away.
If a private business operated the Tempe Town Toilet in the same way the City of Tempe does they would be jailed for creating a public nuisance.
Tempe looks at $10.5M bond to replace dam
Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2012 7:41 am
By Garin Groff, Tribune
Tempe is considering a $10.5 million bond election this November to help fund the replacement of the rubber dams at Tempe Town Lake.
The City Council will move toward having the election even as it recognizes the lake needs other improvements whose costs are unknown ó and that Tempe may identify other funds that make the bond unnecessary.
Tempe estimates it needs $37.5 million to replace the four rubber bladders on the lakeís west end by December 2015. Thatís $4 million more than a previous estimate.
The city has until July to call the election. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said the city needs to have the bond package as an option even as it explores grants or raising funds by selling or leasing property near the lake.
Itís possible the city wonít need to issue the bonds, but he said Tempe has to have funding lined up just in case.
ďWe canít know any of that up front, so weíve got to keep moving on a number of different options to make sure that we donít end up with an empty, stinky, fish-invested town mud hole,Ē Hallman said.
One of four rubber bladders burst in July 2010, emptying the nearly 1 billion-gallon lake within hours. A contractor was one day away from starting to replace the bladders at the time. Tempe had determined the rubber dams were aging much faster than expected because of the Valleyís intense sun. The city has until December 2015 to replace the dams with four hydraulically operated steel hinged gates, under an agreement Bridgestone Inc.
Tempe has been researching funding options for months. It has $20.9 million in existing bond authorization and $4 million in cash.
The city is also studying replacement options for rubber bladders on the lakeís east side but it hasnít identified a cost-effective solution, Assistant City Manager Jeff Kulaga said. Tempe is studying whether it can eliminate the need for east-end bladders by modifying an existing concrete structure in the riverbed thatís east of the dam.
And the city is researching a bypass pipe to pump upstream water from entering the lake because that flow decreases water quality. The cost was recently estimated at $10 million, which has spurred officials to look at cheaper options.
The City Council will revisit the bond election on June 14 and likely decide on June 28 whether the item will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
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