By: Diane Benjamin
Anonymous Editorial writer today thinks a soccer/sports public-private partnership is worth pursuing. That means the “private” gets to use it while the “public” gets stuck with the bills!
Take a journey back in time:
I went to the meeting at the DoubleTree for this presentation. It came complete with cute kids milling around in their soccer uniforms. Very touching.
The plans were already done. The book for media contains detailed drawings. They knew exactly what they wanted and how great it was going to be. For over three years they have done nothing but waiting around for government money.
The Pantagraph editorial was meant to inspire support. He shouldn’t have used the Heartland area as a great example of economic growth when they have cost taxpayers far more than ever predicted and just raised property taxes a huge amount again. Everybody they educate could have been sent to ISU for less than what taxpayers were forced to pay for their campus and wind turbine.
You need to know who has been sitting on their hands for more than three years awaiting your money. This page is from the 2013 proposal:
Ask them why they are entitled to your money?
Ask them why they want government regulations when they could have governed themselves?
(Like the Pony complex)
Ask them for an example of any public-private complex that doesn’t bleed the taxpayers.
Make sure they know you WILL be checking their facts!