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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Price Tag for So-Called RiverEdge Park in Aurora Soars As Taxpayers Get Stuck With Millions in Costs Per Year



According to an independent estimate, by the time the so-called RiverEdge Park will have its first year of operation, costs will soar past $23 million.  Over the next 20 years, even though the tiny park will attract far more mosquitos than events or visitors, the park will cost another $40-50 million in operation costs.

That's almost $70 million.

Contrary to city propaganda, the park isn't about having a park.  In fact, it's biggest claim to fame has nothing to do with being a park, but a music stage that could have been placed in all kinds of places far more suitable for concerts.

In fact, this park doesn't even have parking for it.

However, it does have the most important things necessary for a taxpayer-funded project in Aurora under the regime of corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner and political mafia boss Bob Vaughan.

It has contracts, pay-to-play, corruption, taxpayer schemes and making sure certain people get rich.

The Aurora Way.

So, as Aurora experiences reverse economic development, a tax rate THREE TIMES HIGHER than Naperville and plummeting property values, Weisner would prefer you just ignore all that, the costs, cronies or corruption and just be happy they took several commercial properties off the tax rolls to create a "park" that will be separated from the river by a fence.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

That park is one of the dumbest, waste of time and money projects ever. We can only hope that the rumors are true--that Weisner is abandoning ship in the next two years and taking the ever unpleasant Ergo with him. One thing is certain, he has turned the running of the city over to her and she is a sociopath and a cretin.

Anonymous said...

Don't go, ass clown.

Anonymous said...

I also think this is a huge waste of money, but I'd like to know the source of your "independent estimate" -- I doubt you have a source.

What I found interesting was the Beacon article talking about people being able to jog by on the path and listen, be in the river in kayaks, paddle boats, etc., when just a week or so ago the city and park district made a deal to allow the city to close off the trail for some events.

Anonymous said...

Can someone answer this question? If I as a commuter rent a space at the Transportation Center and I pay for it for a year and I want to come to an event at this new park, do I have to pay a $1.50 to park? It seems I've already paid for this. If I rent it for a year, and say I work evenings in the city and I go to park in my assigned space and another car is parked there for a concert do they tow that car or force me to find another space?

Al Kohollick said...

23 million for a park that is so tiny and cramped that you can stand on the east end of the park and throw a football over the width of the park and into the Fox River.....and the City fathers think that this location is going to draw people? After some of the "bigger names" stop coming, then how many people are going to come to the venue to see an act like say a Lynard Skynard tribute band?. The concept of this concert venue isn't a terrible idea per se but the location and size make it a bit unattractive. My guess is that they will resort to bringing in Spanish langauge acts to try to salvage it's viability in the end.

Anonymous said...

How come Aurora neighborhoods are looking like overgrown farm fields? People must not have heard of lawn mowers and this year is especially bad.

Anonymous said...

Driving through Boulder Hill, I noticed quite a few unmowed lawns.....then I noticed the ofreclosure notices on the front doors......it's sad that some people are able to make it without bankruptcy or foreclosures. Overall, things could be better.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what is the VIP area? Who do have the know in order to sit in this special area? Let's hope you don't have to be "connected" in order to sit there.

Anonymous said...

11:30 AM; If you really were a commuter who had a monthly parking pass, you would know that monthly parking passes at the Transportation Center do not have assigned spaces. Monthly parking passes allow the individual to park in the area reserved those who have monthly parking passes.

Anonymous said...

Give it up openline. Look at it his way, you just had an election. - Lawrence was all about cost, taxes, spending and he got his ass kicked. That was a major league ass kicking, the race was not even competitive.
- lookie at the4th ward race, Matthews was clearly head and shoulders above the other candidates in intelligence, knowledge, ability, integrity and he ran on cost, taxes, spending, and vision. Leonardi also ran on taxes, spending and vision. Both Matthews and Leonardi, together, got their asses kicked vote total wise by the 3 tax and spend liberal Donnel, Bates and Norris.
- now lookie the 2nd ward race. Gariokas ran on taxes and spending and assimilation and she got her ass kicked by a tax and spend liberal.
Everywhere people ran on taxes and spending they got heir asses kicked – aurora is a tax and spend liberal democrat community – if yo don’t like it – move.

Anonymous said...

Oh and don't forget the ass whipping in the aurora township. All the repubs ran on efficient spending and they were massacred. welcoem to the new greece

Anonymous said...

Construction cost (13 million) was covered by grants from the State plus grants from other local organizations. No cost to the City.

City now has an opportunity to sell tickets for profit plus profit from the concession stand.

Anonymous said...

oh, 10:03,
you can't say that here, it doesn't jibe with the unhinged narrative at all. You see, everything has to be a conspiracy of epic proportions.
For my own part, I'm really looking forward to this, and I hope that it is successful. Blues on the Fox has always been good, and I think this location will make it better.
You know, while I'm not sure that openline is really Rick, the unhinged hatred it expresses for Aurora and everything that is ever, EVER done in Aurora makes me wonder why whoever it really is doesn't just move?

Anonymous said...

11:28 they might have already. Or they might not have ever even lived in Aurora. We don't even know what Openline really believes -- I really think the majority of the "stuff" that spews out in his/her/its posts is just trying to stir things up. Openline just likes to spout. Sure, Rick Lawrence does also, but I don't think he's Openline. But I'm sure he knows who Openline is, because whoever it is has their nose so far up his butt Rick had a glass navel installed so Openline could see where Rick was going.

Anonymous said...

Open line is not Rick? What rock have you been living under for the last 8 years? There is no way that this blog could have gotten all that inside info without a direct conduit. Who else could be giving them info? Some rogue City Staff member?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I agree 100% that Rick is the source for the vast majority of the inside info (some of which was even true). I just don't think Rick is actually Openline. It's the nature of his character to pass on things for OTHERS to do something with, rather than do it himself. Except of course for when it comes to illegally entry. That's all Rick.

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:03
I am not sure if you are misinformed or shilling for powers that be, but the state grant for this show case park required the city to expend a like sum of their own funds.
Translation: there was a cost to taxpayers, and as pointed out there will continue to be a cost to taxpayers if this gem on the fox does not generate enough revenue to cover cost of maintenance and operations

Anonymous said...

I have very good inside information that a private entity will take RiverEdge Park from Aurora if it fails to raise the right amount of revenue the first year of operation. Because of the grants it can not be made public. They will “rent” it to venues and charge excessive amounts for certain high level marketable acts. The City knows that it has a bail out if necessary.

Anonymous said...

@5:26... I only stated what I know to be correct, that at least 13 million of the project was provided to the city at no cost to the city or taxpayers.

I only know what I read in the papers, but if the city had to match the 8 million, that was nowhere in the articles I read. The grant process (as I understood it) is the city got $2 million up front, spends the other $6 million and then gets reimbursed for the $6 million.

Again, unless there is some kind of 'matching' provision, the reimbursement is not a cost to the city.

I'm not a shill for anyone... why shill a project that's already complete?

And, hey, if the city can't make money on tickets or concessions then shame on them. That is a wait and see issue for the moment.

Anonymous said...

3:25, I also (I'm not 5:26) there was some matching funds as well, BUT the point is even if the state paid the entire cost, THAT'S STILL THE TAXPAYERS!

Anonymous said...

3;25 - yes it is a cost to the people who pay taxes in this city and the rest of the state you fucking retard! There is no free you fuck headed idiot. The government cannot create shit. It can ONLY STEAL the honest money earned by honest citizens.

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Anonymous said...

Awesome venue! Great work by Mayor, City staff and involved citizens. Highly recommended.