Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 1 10:50:04 1995 From: Stuart MacKay - stuart.mackay at mccaw.com
Don "Fiscal" Baccus wrote:
> It's possible it is a boondoggle, indeed. But I get tired of > people ranting and raving about costs when they have > absolutely no data which indicates they're out of line. > > Get your data, and if you want to have a discussion about the > reasonableness of the estimate, let's talk then.
I agree with Don, sitting down and considering all the associated costs almost makes the timber look cheap.
Part of the problem I think is the initial impression created - "One million dollars" is a nice round figure and easy to ask for.
Do Grays Harbor Audubon have a costed plan for the project ? If so great. The danger with asking for money is, especially when business/government is involved unless the plan is totally watertight and costed down to the last cent, it will be incredibly easy to dismiss as etherial, or something much worse :-) and receive little credibility.
If Gray Harbor Audubon could say to government agencies/ local businesses that they could raise $500,000 for a project that will create 20 temporary (1 year or 2) and 5-10 permament jobs in the area. Then more money is likely to flow from "official" sources.
Until a concrete plan is avialable there is a danger, already demonstrated, that the idea is dead in the water before it even gets started.