Another year is fully underway, as the City’s fiscal year starts annually on October 1st.

October is the month that shows, as a group, Paris citizens are a most forgiving kind of people or we’re afraid of what might hit the fan.

It’s not that we all have a hole in the head, but when we stand in a draft, we do hear a whistle.  And every October it gets louder.

Every year, for decades, Paris citizens have had the promise of a brighter future. Every year, for years, we have watched the promises of the past year drift off into that unrecoverable time. Then, we turn and peer bravely ahead into a cold future, sadly swallowing the disappointment. 

Every new fiscal year, as we have for years, we silently accept the blinders and the bit as our handlers saddle us up for another race to the same promised line. We’re spurred on by the lingering hope of a future time that is better than it is now… 

But there’s always an excuse.

O yes, we realize that some reading this will become hysterical and have to be sedated, but consider just two or three facts:

Too many tax dollars and too much time have been wasted – by the City and the PEDC, as there are little-to-no new positive economic results to point at;

Many citizens are angry or disgusted by the old lingering unfulfilled promises, which are beginning to smell;

Real life rules are stringent; by not holding our organizations accountable, Paris is in danger of becoming a repository for dead hopes and lost dreams; and

Promises not kept turn into lies.

How long do we accept empty promises which never produce the expected results? 

If the city and the PEDC — together — can’t deliver for Paris, how can the city possibly deliver by itself?

Forget the promises.

Paris is starving to death on promises.

Oh, sure. The city means well. But let’s examine what creating another city department to do something that hasn’t been achieved during the last two decades, will do:

First of all, every dumb decisions coming out of a city managed economic development department (and there will be many) will reflect directly back to the city council members. And not just on those of today, but those serving in some future time. And those city actions will continue to divide the community.

And, say, 10-years from now, when the same uncorrected mistakes that consumed the last 2-decades are being repeated by some bureaucrat (which they will be), the council members at that time will be pinning the tail on the donkeys of today. And that is a sorry game plan.

Growing – expanding – government is not what Paris should be doing. We’re not getting what we’re paying for now, as blight continues to attack too many neighborhoods and vacant buildings stare blindly, searching for our dwindling population.

WHY should we even consider doing something that will divide our community more than it is now?

Instead of moving furniture and offices around, Paris should be figuring out “why” we’re not making significant progress, exploring what the real problems are and finding ways to correct them.

Unless we do so, every October will be no better than the last.

Or this one.