There were several articles yesterday explaining that Lou Magazzu had come up with a cost savings measure to build a chapel at the Veteran’s Cemetery for $250,000. This is a fraction of the most recent proposed cost, although still a quarter of a million HIGHER than the original deal which would have had the chapel built at no cost to county taxpayers.
We have to keep in mind the entire history of this fiasco, this tangled web of inside deals, when we consider the latest turn of events. I reads the news yesterday, as always when Lou Magazzu’s name is involved, with a nagging feeling in the back of my head that there had to have been some back room conversations.
Today we learn that in order to get this bargain basement chapel, we have to give jobs to a Camden County organization. Big surprise. Once again, Lou Magazzu is pushing Cumberland County money to his friends in Camden.
According to Magazzu, the offer to the county is that the county would put $250,000 toward the project and the Camden Cemetery association would assume the rest of the cost.
In exchange, the association would build a mausoleum at Cumberland’s cemetery. It would sell spots to recoup its cost.
Magazzu said the county population includes 13,500 veterans.
Call me paranoid, but why is it that any time Lou Magazzu has an idea to spend Cumberland County tax dollars, a Camden County group is on the receiving end?