View Poll Results: Should stadiums/arenas be publicly financed?

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    Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    I generally lean towards no, but thinking it over I'm fine with sports venues being publicly financed as long as local government leaders don't try to sell it as some kind of economic stimulus. You should pay for a stadium or arena because you want one, not because you think it's going to create more jobs, because almost invariably they don't.
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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    I'm ok with upgrades to the surrounding streets. I'm not ok with taxpayers building the stadium, maintaining the stadium, and then giving the team a cut of every non-sporting event that occurs there.

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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    Stadiums and areans are one of the worsts investments cities can make.

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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    An exclusively public financed venue for a private organization should not be done. A venue where public financing is done in cooperation with private organizations should be allowable so long as the amount publicly financed is in proportion to the public's usage.

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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    An exclusively public financed venue for a private organization should not be done. A venue where public financing is done in cooperation with private organizations should be allowable so long as the amount publicly financed is in proportion to the public's usage.
    How would you define "public usage"? Events open to the public free of charge?
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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    Absolutely not, although I see nothing wrong with the taxpayers funding some upgrades around the stadiums, like freeway offramps and the like. The city is going to get more in tax income because of the stadium, therefore they should put something into improving the area around it.
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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    Yes so long as it is multiple code and not just for the exclusive use of one team or whatnot.

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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    I'd rather see it in the private sector but its usually a break even thing since naming rights cancels out the costs to tax-payers.

    What bugs more more is when the government engages in shake down businesses.

    -Red light cameras there speeding up the timing cycle on yellow lights in order to hustle more money from motorists like my Republican governor is doing.
    -You can't go to any concert, play, sporting even, convention, etc. with the city opening up their parking lots and charging as much as they possibly can to park your car. The bigger the event, the higher the parking fee.
    -Speed traps where they LOWER the speed limit to ridiculous levels just to generate revenue.

    I just don't think its the role of the government to run businesses, especially no other options businesses. Its the government's job to stand up for consumers and to foster private sector commerce, not compete with it...in a perfect world. I want my government to be my advocate if I feel the parking lot treated me unfairly, not the one's running the parking lot.

    But back to the question: I think an argument can be made that says a pro-sports team enhances the quality of life for its citizens. Better if the costs can be recouped by selling the naming rights and leasing out space to food venders and billboards.
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    Re: Should stadiums and arenas be publicly financed?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    How would you define "public usage"? Events open to the public free of charge?
    The "allowing for" as well as the "definitions of" would be a great place to allow direct democracy to flourish.

    Meaning something which will increase taxes for leisure's purpose shouldn't be under the purview of representative government.

    It should be decided by the people of the community.

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