The city of Olympia’s debt is $101,902,602. Lacey’s debt is $24,865,000. The two cities have similar size populations. Lacey has nice sidewalks, good roads, reasonable tax rates, and well-maintained parks. Olympia has cracked sidewalks, potholes, high tax rates that are driving out business, and unkept parks with degrading playground equipment. Now the Olympia City Council wants to buy the Mistake by the Lake (the tall, dirty, ugly, yellow building next to the Fourth Avenue Bridge). While the Mistake is an eyesore, the four councilmembers who voted for this $18-plus million project (Cheryl Selby, who’s running for mayor, Jeannine Roe, Nathaniel Jones and Jim Cooper) should get the Lacey City Council’s advice first . . . or they could read it here. Fix your potholes and sidewalks. Mow your park lawns. Make sure the playground equipment is safe. Reduce your debt. Get your taxes under control. In short, take care of the ABCs before buying another property you can’t afford.