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Kee added that the performing arts center was difficult to support because of the lack of transparency. He said even councilmembers can't get financial information about what is going on. He said the city has put in $250,000 and that has been matched by a private donation or donations but the City Council doesn't know who matched the money.
Kee said councilmembers also weren't told anything about the $20 million in pledges that have reportedly been lined up. He said the council needed to know about the pledges because "If it doesn't go well then, just like Trudy said, the citizens are on the hook."
He said, "I'm not willing to take that gamble without the consent of my boss, the people."
And he added, "If the people vote for it then I'm for it." Kee said that his support for the performing arts center had always been based on the premise that the project wouldn't go forward without a vote of the people. He said that from the very beginning the plan was to have a bond referendum for the performing arts center. He said there had been questions about the amount of money that needed to be on the bond and when the bond referendum would be held, but that there was always a bond referendum planned.
Kee said the opposition to Wilkins by Perkins was all about the performing arts center and for Perkins getting that fifth vote. He said that for him to be "perceived as a councilmember who supports racism, that's dirty pool."
Abuzuaiter said that when elected she felt she was part of a team. Now, she said, "Our team is broken. I was hoping to be able to get some things done."
She said, "I did follow a lot of Robbie's lead initially." But she added those days are over.
Right after the Dec. 4 meeting, Matheny said, "It's not mayoral to try and make someone out to be a racist."
Vaughan also expressed outrage that Perkins would use just two of the 17 caricatures to try and brand Wilkins as a racist.
Perkins did his utmost to keep Wilkins off the City Council, but on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Wilkins was sworn in to represent District 5 for the next year, and he shook Perkins' hand and sat down at the table right beside him.