The vote on November 8th is whether you support an event center at the Arena/Convention Center location by borrowing $115 million for construction and another $10 million in interest from the second penny sales tax. The vote on November 8th cements taxpayers to a nebulous plan for funding annual operating costs by the private sector. It is a vote on the mayor's vision for an event center. A vision supported and approved by only 4 other city councilors.
Voting no on November 8th doesn't kill the event center idea.
A vote no kills an ill conceived and poorly placed event center in our city. A vote no means:
- no to under funded maintenance and growth of city streets and infrastructure because of debt payments for an EC.
- no to a financial plan that is based on economic forecasts that promote steady economic growth in a economic climate where there is sluggish job growth and a lack of consumer confidence.
Vote no on the mayor and his 4 councilor followers vision for an event center on November 8th.
Then, let's get down to business on a plan that makes economic sense both now and in the future.