By: Diane Benjamin
David Hales confirmed last night the City will be extending the Coliseum Management Contract with the failures managing it now.
Revenue is millions away from what citizens were told to expect. Profits don’t pay any of the bond payments – citizens do with higher Sales Taxes. Reports from before the Coliseum was built said bond payments would be paid from the profits generated.
The City and citizens have no idea how much John Butler collects in concessions sales and if the City is getting paid their share. Hales never bothers to check.
The City has no idea who is on the payroll and how much they are paid, they don’t bother to check.
By the way, Tom Hamilton (former City manager) did look at both.
Former Mayor Judy Markowitz SAID the Coliseum would never cost citizens a dime. She hired expensive consultants too to verify her claims!
The last CIAM report posted under “Coliseum” on the City website is from the year ended 4/30/15: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=6548
The 3rd Quarter of 2016 report is now due. (FOIA filed)
Hit play. Hales says he has been talking to John Butler and Bart Rogers about connecting the Coliseum to the Conference Center. Since their relationship is still cozy, expect the Council to vote on the extension soon. The Council is uninformed enough to approve it, facts don’t matter to them. Neither does my lawsuit.