The mayor appeared on the Argus Leader Sports Web Live on October 11 and was interviewed by Stu Whitney.
The mayor seems to think that people are going to vote no on the event center because they don't like him. He said people will stop at nothing to defeat this event center or defeat him. He said the no people are impacting the city negatively to hurt him. When did this whole thing become about him? The arrogance of those statements are beyond comprehension.
This election is about the financial health and well being of this city. This election is about whether the taxpayers want to take on a debt of $172,763,000 until 2033. People are voting no because they don't like the location, they don't like the financial plan, they don't think there is money to operate the event center, they don't think an event center should be built on the justification of additional flat floor space for more conventions and trade shows; they think the parking plan will not accommodate simultaneous events.
During this interview, the mayor said that the primary tenants of the event center are not sports teams. He stated that the primary tenant will be the conventions, the conferences, the big events, trade shows. "That's the power of this investment." But when I look at the mayor's event center presentation materials, it shows the layout illustrations for a hockey game with a 10,450 seat capacity, and a hockey game with a 3300 seat capacity; the basketball with 12,000 seat capacity and one with a 3500 seat capacity. Why is the city showing these sports illustrations when he says the primary tenants are conventions, big events and trade shows? This event center plan has an identity crisis. It doesn't know what it wants to be and for whom.
It is so disingenuous to say that those who are speaking out against the event center are creating mistrust and fear.
I can honestly say that my voting no has nothing to do with whether I like this mayor or not. My vote is more important than that.
It's not about a person or a legacy or whether I like someone. It is about what I believe is in the best interest of this city. I do not believe this plan before the voters on November 8th is the best economic plan for this city at this time.