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Baseball Stadium

Isn't it time for some peoples sense of entitlement to end. The notion that the majority of the citizens do not know what is best is just wrong. The people that want a few to make all decisions takes this country away from democracy and towards a dictatorship. Government was set up to serve all of the people. Taxes are supposed to be collected to fund things that benefit ALL of the people. Baseball stadiums do not benefit all of the people. With all the arguments surrounding this stadium, the one thing I have not heard from the proponents of this project is what part of the so called profits will pay for it. Mandalay and the Braves will pay rent. Mandalay and the Braves will put money into a fund for upkeep. Neither of these payments will even cover the interest on the loan(s), much less pay down the original debt. The claims of massive amounts of new sales tax revenue have not been ear marked to pay for the stadium. All the businesses that are supposed to receive windfall profits will not be required to chip in extra to pay for the stadium. If this is passed, the tax payers will be the ones to pay for this stadium, and Mandalay, the Braves, their billionaire owner, and maybe some other businesses benefit. Government and private industry do not need to be business partners. If these stadiums can not stand on their own without tax payer funding, they need to become extinct. Why is it the few feel entitled to force the many to pay for their pet projects? If the bond is passed to fund this stadium, rest assured the tax payers will pay the bill. The government will find other things to waste the “profits” on. Will there be any guarantees that the city government will be required to apply the rent toward the principle on the loan? Anyone remember the promises of the “EDUCATION LOTTERY?” Is did not take the government officials very long to divert money from this fund to other areas. We also have one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. I think most can agree that our roads are not even close to being some of the best in the nation. I would love to see a complete audit, on the state and local level, where the government officials are required to account for all money spent down to the penny. With this information in hand, then we could see if taxes needed to be raised, or if people needed to be prosecuted for misappropriation of funds. This baseball stadium project is a farce. The people who will benefit will pay very little/if any of the cost. This is a great deal if you happen to be one of the “entitled.”

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