Thursday, February 22, 2007

Is MATC out of its mind?

It's a small story that reveals a potentially horrendous deal for taxpayers. The MATC Board Finance Committee couldn't get a quorum together for a meeting -- to consider, among other things, renting a welding lab from Esperanza Unida for $72,000 a year for five years.

What!!!??? Hellloooo! Whose bright idea was this? $72,000 a year for five years? That's a lot of money!

Let's hope that MATC Board members ask some really basic questions: Is this the best price out there? Who arranged this deal? Did the college use a broker? If not, why not? What did the college do to solicit proposals? Why can't the college use one of its own campuses for the lab?

Just what is going on here?

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