It seems that at least one of our city council representatives thinks we have a way of getting $25 million in sales tax rebates back from the state.
EL CHUQUENO pointed out to us that in order to get the $25 million the city would have to invest in a project that was “ancillary” to a convention hotel that was within 1,000 feet of our convention center.
The city representative wants to spend the money to expand the arena. We can’t wait to hear how the arena will be declared to be ancillary to a convention hotel. That should prove to be another lesson in the kind of wordsmithing that would land a citizen in jail but somehow we allow our politicians to do.
Paying our bills
Even more remarkable is that she seems to want to use the money to make the arena bigger. That would take it from a planned amount of $180 million to $205 million. Who knows what the actual cost will turn out to be.
Some of us that pay property taxes to the city would suggest that the $25 million (if it turns out to be available) be used pay down the arena cost.
We deserve better