Fort Worth, TX – Panther Island was never a flood control project so it’s absolutely no surprise that the federal funding has once again been denied. It’s time to properly investigate the origins of this project, what happened to the approximately $400M of taxpayer money that has already been spent, and in addition to JD Granger who else at either the TRWD or TRVA has benefited financially. Our residents and taxpayers deserve to know the truth.
Chris Putnam released the following statement regarding the news of Panther Island failing to secure federal funding for construction this year.
“As a Mayor Pro Tem, I helped lead the effort to pass some of the strictest ethics, conflict of interest and transparency reforms in the state. These included term limits. My entire reason for running for office then and now was to reform government.
In part, these new ordinances required the public disclosure of land ownership, business interests, and government contracts held by officials and employees. As we have seen with today’s news about Panther Island and the Grangers, they are also much needed in Washington, D.C.
I applaud the efforts by Mayor Price and Fort Worth city leaders to influence a solution in Washington DC independently of Ms. Granger. We must now start over but can do so in the sunlight of complete transparency. And it’s clear that to truly move forward Tarrant County needs new leadership at both the TRWD and in Washington D.C.
When we close our eyes to this kind of government waste, political nepotism and corruption we become direct enablers to everything we claim to hate about Washington, D.C.”