By: Diane Benjamin
After the McLean County Chamber of Commerce supported every big spender in the local elections, they are now want a huge sports complex at your expense.
If government created prosperity, Illinois would be the most successful state in the country! Instead, people are fleeing high taxes, regulations, and government nonsense. But the Chamber of Commerce loves Illinois socialism, and thinks we need more of it:
Public-private partnerships merely mean the public has the money and the risk, the private doesn’t have to do much but benefit.
Reports are vague about where this complex will be located, near Rivian is all that is reported. Who is the Kim Group? Peoria real estate agents. http://thekimgroup.com/ourteam.php
Where was the land the last time the soccer people proposed building a complex? See this story: https://blnnews.com/2014/03/14/burying-bailouts-in-quality-of-life/
The land previously proposed was owned by Dave Stark. Is the same land being discussed now, or is this project even farther west? Maybe attendees at this event will find out.
The Chamber has a new saying: Progress is not born without collaboration.
What is the definition of Progress?
Collaboration with who?
Bloomington and Normal can not afford to fund this complex without a tax increase. That isn’t progress. Roughly 3000 kids temporarily play soccer in the spring and fall. The organizers want government collaborating with them to build a complex which is now much bigger than the one proposed back in 2014.
Keep in mind this complex will be sitting empty most of the time. Progress must be spending many millions on a sports complex that will be rarely used. Drive by the current soccer fields, you will see it empty most of the time. Even if tournaments are drawn here, taxpayers will never be paid back for their higher taxes that built it. Taxes are never decreased, only increased.
Is there an indoor ice shortage? Yes, the Pepsi Ice Center rents expensive ice from the Coliseum when they need it. With another indoor rink maybe that rent won’t be necessary, but then the Coliseum doesn’t make as much money. Unintended consequences are pesky. Don’t forget, the Pepsi Ice Center does not generate enough income to pay for the building, another ice rink won’t either.
The Chamber of Commerce got the candidates elected they wanted. They picked the people who believe mortgaging taxpayers is progress. They picked people who believe government creates prosperity. They picked people who believe “if we build it they will come”. They picked the opposite of who gets elected in prosperous states. If your business is a member of the Chamber, please explain why.
- The current land owner.
- Labor unions who will build the complex
- 3000 kids who can all play in one new place
- Area restaurants that may feed attendees
- Taxpayers on the hook for yet more entertainment
- The entire area as government races to the bottom as it sucks even more money from the local economy
- The soccer kids who are taught government is the only way to accomplish goals
- Local people wanting good paying jobs here, not more low paying hospitality types
- The soccer parents who now have to drive from the far east side to the far west side for games
If the soccer organizers believed in capitalism, they would have their own complex. If the Chamber of Commerce believed in capitalism, they wouldn’t be promoting higher taxes and collaboration with government.
We have plenty of proof government projects fail unless heavily subsidized. It’s tragic that local leaders think taxpayers should do more.