After watching the Budget Review Committee on channel 16, we were glad that Alderman Jette was present, even though he isn’t a voting member. He expressed the views of many city voters who are either against the Alec’s Shoe store becoming an arts center or spending taxpayers money on this effort to take care of downtown. Last year, it was stated that professionals would be used to solicit the contributions for the $4 million required before selling any bonds for this project. At this meeting, it was stated that the opposite is true. If Great American Downtown and/or the downtown shop owners and/or arts lovers want this farce, let them raise the money. The way the city is going about raising the required money does not pass the smell test. If the aldermen continue in this vein, the voters who follow City Hall activity will lose all confidence in the mayor and BOE. That is the voters who haven’t already lost confidence.