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07-14-2011, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Kel Varnsen View Post
If you want to talk impact on the taxpayer having this project built will actually benefit the taxpayer in the long run

1. Jobs. This project equals direct jobs in the construction of and then operation of the buildings. With less unemployed there becomes a larger taxbase for the gov't to collect from thus easing everyone else's individual tax burden.
2. Increases your own home's worth. Location, location, location. Being a reasonable distance from a project like this makes your home more valuable. That's huge especially in an economic climate like this one where we're seeing people's homes fall in value dangerously fast, leading to many walking away from their mortgages which then lowers surrounding homes values even more etc...
3. Jobs. Indirect jobs. People going to games/concerts/baseball games/etc helps surrounding business. People go to/leave from the event, stop by a local restaurant on the way. Buy some gas. Buy some tailgating stuff from the supermarket. Just some quick examples, you get the point.
4. Jobs. Direct suppliers. This kind of a project once completed will require substantial orders of all sorts of items (food, drinks, overpriced stuff you buy at the event). Those industries get boosted when they start having to supply a place such as what is being proposed.

On it's face I get why people don't want to spend taxpayer money on the project. But pragmatically, that's the only way it's going to get done. If we don't contribute to it being built another location will. And another location will because they'll recognize how great it'll be for their area to have a pro sports team playing there. If we let the Isles go on principle then in practice we'll be cutting off our noses to spite our faces.
So fund it your-*******-selves. Pay some seat licences for the stadium and cover what the taxes would have to cover.

I mean, you'd actually need fans to do that. But it's a way to cut out the tax payers who shouldn't be involved in the first place.

There are many things that can be built there that will make more money for the area in terms of taxes, jobs, etc. than a sports stadium.

Indirect jobs works in theory, but really won't be much of a help due to the area. In a big city, such as NYC, this is completely true. But in a more suburban environment, this is just not the case.

The jobs lost can be replaced by jobs in something like a shopping mall or whatever the hell else they choose to build there. These small part time jobs that would be lost are simply not worth it at all in the long run.

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