The sociopaths running the city have decided that we’re getting a downtown arena, whether we need it or not.
They are dead set to jack our property taxes one more time.
Here’s the story from the El Paso Times. Listen to this:
“This is a very complex and a very unique project,” City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said. “This will be a once-in-a-generation kind of project for this community.”
Is it a lot different than the ballpark? One might have thought that the ballpark was a once-in-a-generation kind of project. I guess they saw that the taxpayers still had some life left, and decided to kick us some more.
Why build an arena?
Gonzalez and Mayor Oscar Leeser said that the arena is the type of project that can improve the quality of life in El Paso and help attract new businesses and more jobs.
“I’m very excited to be part of this announcement as we continue to move forward,” Leeser said.
Where have I heard that before?
They don’t even care if you don’t believe them. They’re going to keep telling you the same lies because they think that you’re stupid.
If you build it, they will come … with wallets bulging, eager to exchange greenbacks for peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and beer, and T-shirts and ball caps with team logos.
At least that’s the theory embraced – time and time again – by mayors and city council members hoping to lure professional sports teams to their cities by promising to build new arenas for the teams. But one guy who’s not buying it is sports economist Brad Humphreys, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
That’s because Humphreys and colleague Dennis Coates, a professor of economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, haven’t uncovered a single instance in which the presence of a professional sports team has been linked to a boost in the local economy.
Local government is a snakepit.