What's Going On at Dallas Farmers Market?
Some city officials with whom I spoke this morning, who don't want to go on the record till they see the numbers with their own eyes, are appalled -- especially since the 800 thou never came up during the budget debate that ended with last week's vote. One question to be answered: How's the city going to pay for the shortfall? Out of reserves? (Dallas Farmers Market operates out of the enterprise fund, meaning it's suppose to generate enough revenue to cover its own related expenses.) Says one city official, the contingency reserves, which total about $4.9 million, aren't bottomless -- "this isn't a money tree," after all.
City Manager Mary Suhm's in meetings with the mayor this morning. Dallas Convention Center interim director Al Rojas is out of the office with a family emergency, says his assistant. And Dallas Farmers Market Administrator Janel Leatherman is unavailable -- and no one can say when she'll be around to talk. The city did want bids by September 22, initially. But that deadline's been extended till October 20. But as tire-kicker Jim Ingendorf told WFAA: "I really don't believe, in a year from now, this place will still be open." That can't be right, can it? Updates forthcoming?