The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Sep 9, 2008


In a matter of just a few days the Bernalillo County Commission not only approved the sale of almost $41 MILLION in bonds to pay for a new home for themselves but sold the bonds. We've never seen government work quite as quickly as the commission did in this particular case. It's been our experience that when government works with this kind of alacrity it's either under attack from terrorists or doing something that the voters wouldn't approve of.

Tuesday, the Journal decided to do a little story on the purchase that questioned whether or not the property was worth the $40.8 MILLION (plus another $1 MILLION for the art) the county was so quick to pay. Apparently the property has increased $21.1 MILLION in just eight years. That's almost twice the building's year 2000 value (ABQ Journal - Subscription).

We're not really questioning the value even though it appears that the county is paying almost $12 MILLION too much. The owner of the building has the right to sell their property at whatever price the market will bear and as P.T. Barnum once said, there's a sucker born every minute - in this case four of them.

The county claims that it can raise $30 MILLION by selling their half of the current City County Government Center to the city. But unlike the owner of the property at 500 Marquette, the county has only one buyer that would be interested in purchasing their share of the property. If the city is smart (you can stop laughing now) they'll simply wait until the county is desperate to sell and get the other half of the government center at a rock bottom price.

The value of the property is just one problem and believe it or not it's not the most distressing one. The biggest problem is that the county is acting as if they found the building on the checkout isle at Wal Mart. They neither studied the purchase nor demonstrated a need for the property. Makes one wonder who has studied it and who really benefits from what can only be called a $42 MILLION impulse buy.

Whoever brokered this sale has all of the talents of P.T. Barnum himself. They've managed play the county and the county commission for suckers. Unfortunately, we're the ones paying the price of admission.


Anonymous said...

commercial space downtown is probably worth the money, the problem is on the backside of the deal as you pointed out. Unless they already have an agreement to sell their 1/2 of the city/county bldg there arent any other buyers. Who else would buy it and share space with the city? who would we want to do so even if they tried?

Anonymous said...

The city might have issues but the county is more corrupt than a bordertown bordello. Put a tail on the county manager for a day. One day. That's all it will take.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michael Brasher for voting your conscience. You are the only one who did.

Anonymous said...

I hope that the Journal or some other media source is still investigating this. I haven't seen any documentation as to WHO is benefiting financially from this quickie deal. Follow the money trail!

Anonymous said...

The county operates like the old time politicans use too. Look at the IQ of the people in charge. They had to raise taxes to keep the jail up and running but now have enough money to buy a building at an inflated price. They must think everyone is an idiot. The sad thing is the people of Bernalillo County dont vote them out of office.