By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday news reports stated the zoo increased the number of visitors from last year and revenues were up around $21,000. Good for them!
One reason given was the new flamingo exhibit. Left out of all the good news stories is how much it cost to increase revenue and attendance.
Just construction – not the birds – cost $232,760: https://blnnews.com/2015/08/07/buying-flamingos-land-and-filling-their-bellies/
This chart shows the total cost and how much the city paid: Page 74: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=8970
The City invested $135,890 and got $21,000.
That’s not all!
How much is in the budget for the zoo?
That means taxpayers get to pay $576,566.
The Miller Park Zoo is very cool, but taxpayers deserve to know all the facts. Soon another exhibit will need to be built to keep people coming back.
The City will steal more of your money to pay for it. Morality and this government’s policies don’t go together.