By: Diane Benjamin
It is laughable if government is involved!
Normal’s City Manager Pam Reece think there is a need:
The sports complex will never pay for itself. That isn’t my opinion, it was the opinion of Sports Facilities Advisory: https://blnnews.com/2018/07/17/sports-complex-must-be-dead-on-arrival/
Reece claims tourism dollars will flow in!
Did they for the Coliseum? The BCPA? The CornBelters Stadium? The Normal Theater? Champion Fields? ISU Art Galleries? Route 66 Gas Station? Heartland Theater? Children’s Discovery Museum? David Davis Mansion? History Museum and Visitors Center? Miller Park Zoo?
Both towns should be flooded with tourism traffic! Meanwhile, hotel occupancy is up a little, still way below what is needed for the overbuilt hotel market.
(I think Pam knows a little about that over-built market!)
Don’t except YES they bring in dollars for an answer, make them prove it. Let’s see REAL numbers of increased tax receipts from all of the above.
The complex is only $50,000,000! (before interest on bonds) How long will it take to recoup that Pam?
The multi-sport complex can not be used year-around. Kids are in school and winter is too cold. The high schools have their own fields, why do they need more?
I’m betting Stan Nord and Karyn Smith will be against dedicating any taxpayer money to this loser. The local soccer people held a press conference in August of 2013 to demand public money. For years after they did nothing to raise money themselves: https://blnnews.com/2018/01/30/soccer-you-had-five-years/
Feeding at the government trough would have been so much easier. (Also destructive – look at 1 Uptown Circle. Normal wants to control who leases the first floor, therefore it is empty)
Is Normal willing to pass funding by a vote of 5-2? I’m thinking Stan Nord and Karyn Smith won’t buy more debt and tax increases.
Does Kathleen Lorenz and Scott Preston see that “if we build it they will come” isn’t a sure bet and can have disastrous consequences? Cummins and McCarthy sure won’t.
Do they remember:
It will never pay for itself!
Somebody has to pay – that means taxpayers!
Kill it now. The sports participants should want their own complex, baseball did you – you can too. Government screws up everything it touches. You don’t want them telling you what to do!
Don’t count on Lorenz or Preston actually using common sense. They have been taught not to.
I think Ms. Reece should have to explain why she allowed Chris Koos to lie to the media, Tari Renner and Tim Gleason before she ever speaks in public again: https://blnnews.com/2019/07/31/did-chris-koos-lie/
(Have you noticed the media isn’t interested in the truth?)
Of course that won’t happen unless citizens demand it.
Don’t count on Bloomington, they think utopia is a water park.