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02-15-2012, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Commandant View Post
Its still public funds even if its from a budget surplus.

The fact that there is no tax raise is irrelevant, there are still taxpayer funds being used for the arena.

The surplus could have been used for a million different things, and didnt need to be used for the arena, so yes, those complaining about using taxpayer money may have valid complaints.

You've also forgotten about the provincial government contribution.
The government's contribution is minimal, and it should bring money to the city of Laval. If you think long term, this will bring in a lot of money. And paying off 45M shouldn't be too hard.

The city HAD to put money into the arenas anyway. Instead of putting it into crappy old arenas that don't bring in any revenus (and that will have to be changed eventually AND cost money to maintain anyway), they'll have one big brand new facility.

Also, it's a good way to invest a budget surplus. Laval was missing a venue like that. It's one of the biggest cities in the province, it's only normal that it would equip itself with a real entertainment center. I don't see the problem.

I just feel that those complaining about tax payer's money are grasping at straws. In the end, 27M had to go into Laval arenas. Might as well spend more to build something more durable that will bring in more money. It's not frivolous spending. It's a long-term, smart investment.

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