Everybody talking about how these people need to pony up the money are complete idiots!!! Let's break this down a little:
- with the reevaluation of property values there's a chance they could raise taxes, yet you still would pay the same if not less in taxes than you did last year
- with all of the business that would be built around the ballpark, it would raise the value of the land and help to revitalize the area of town that it is in
- it makes absolutely ZERO sense for this to be built with private only funds. Let's be serious, the way this needs to be handled is that the city breaks even on the ball park. No private group would be profitable with building this ball park. Before you start thinking I made your point for not building it, think about the tax base that would be created around the stadium. As a private investor, you would not reap the rewards of the new taxes coming in. THIS is where the city will make money on the team.
The "leaders" of the groups opposing the ball park are definitely doing it for other reasons. Ben McCoy just loves stirring up attention. Look at what he did to get Berger elected and how well listening to him on that worked out for the residents of this county. Josh Fulton is just mad he didn't win his bid to be on the city council and see's this as a win-win for his political career. You have to look at this as an investment for the city. Of all the stories I've read about towns building ball parks, only 1 has seemed unsuccessful. In Virginia where the stadium wasn't successful it was because of a horrible design that wasn't nice when they originally built it. You get what you pay for folks and if you can't sacrifice quality
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