The latest contract was with the consulting firm C.H. Johnson. Their job was to help MDHA with the hotel portion of the proposed convention center which announced this week would be a Marriott Hotel.So, MDHA's contract with a consulting firm is going to cost half-a-million Metro dollars and ground has not even broken, yet. Metro Nashville is spending $1 million just on an advertising firm and on a consulting company so that Mayor Karl Dean can get his name on a big capital budget project.
The contract with C.H. Johnson was signed in June of last year. It said costs will not exceed $93,500 plus $11,000 for expenses.
Six months later the contract was amended and left open ended to services paid on an as needed basis.
As of last month MDHA has paid the firm nearly $315,000 - three times the amount of the original contract ....
Last week, MDHA amended the C.H. Johnson contract again. There's a cap on spending at $500,000 - nearly five times the original budget.
Had enough, yet? Will we remember this next summer when Mayor Dean announces a new round of Metro budget cuts due to belt-tightening economic conditions?