Still undecided on the issue, Chadwick said she is "gathering information. I do not want perception of my responses to these questions to appear that I support the position that the Heart Beat has chosen to take on the issue."
After our deadline on a previous story
in which we sought her comments, Chadwick answered Columbia Heart Beat questions seeking to confirm rumors that Matthes has been lobbying Council members and candidates to support the TIF
The city manager has become its chief spokesperson, lobbyist, and public face, likely in violation of a city ordinance prohibiting city employees from engaging in political cause advocacy
on city time.
Council members will vote Monday on a Resolution declaring the need for a TIF
, the legally-required "but for" community statement. "But for"
the Tax Incentive Financing, City Hall cannot afford some $20 million of water, electric, and sewer infrastructure Matthes says, insisting it must be built before any new development may occur.
"I have not discussed the TIF with any member of Matthes’ staff other than Matthes himself during an individual meeting,"
Chadwick explained. "He has not lobbied me any more than he has lobbied the community
to stand behind this proposal, and in no other way than he has lobbied the public."
Initially undecided about the course of this interview, Chadwick at first asked, in effect, that we keep her answers "on background," or "off the record,"
journalist lingo for "confidential."
I make it a personal standard to answer the questions of any constituent should they ask," she said. "I am answering your questions for your personal knowledge but not for a story in the Heart Beat
. This is simply because of the current framing of the issue that the Heart Beat has already chosen to take on the issue." Then she changed her mind.
If it is helpful for you, in feeling that this information is publicly accessible I am happy to post the questions and answers on my website and fb page...I went ahead and posted the answers
just for transparency. Thanks for asking these questions that I know many are curious about."