I always loved Paul Harvey’s “The rest of the story” and I have watched with interest the Facebook war over the old Yum Yum’s building downtown and held my tongue. I think it is now time for the rest of the story. As a taxpayer and a citizen of Jacksonville I think it is also time to inject a few facts into the argument.
First, the City Council is not ignoring the issue. Because there may be asbestos in the building it requires a permit and testing from the State of Texas to move any of the rubble. When the city was removing the high walls as a safety hazard they were required to go to Austin to get a permit even though it was a safety hazard. The fines for failing to do so are exorbitant. Do you want your tax dollars to go to fines or would you rather see the property owner or lien holder do what is right and clean up their own property?
As much as I admire and respect the attitude of people who have volunteered to help with the clean up, without the proper permits and even more important, the proper knowledge to deal with a possible asbestos issue the fines would still fall on the city.
The city has already spent over eleven thousand dollars on the safety aspects of this building. A total clean up would cost another sixty or seventy thousand of your tax dollars and the city (you and I) would see nothing for our cost and the person who owns the note or property would have a costly asbestos clean up financed on our back because they didn’t or don’t have insurance. That doesn’t seem like a responsible use of my tax dollars. How about you?
I get weary of hearing the entire doomsday crowd and naysayers talk about our council, our manager and our staff and our city. I suggest that the simplest fix for most problems in Jacksonville is to get the facts because as surprising as it might seem there are people in this world who have their own agenda. My agenda is simply to preserve my tax dollars for things the whole city benefits from and not just a few who might want us to pay for their mistakes.
And the rest of the story is this business had no insurance while it operated and a rather large note at the bank which has subsequently been bought for one dollar. That’s a pretty sweet deal. Buy the note for one dollar, clean up the property on the taxpayer’s dime and then foreclose the note. Good Day!