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They are all doing it, look at Pinehurst planning to spend $250,000 of the taxpayer's money for a parking lot and small dead end road to support a brewery. Why don't the taxpayers start to rebel against these "incentives"? Tea Party folks love to complain about excess government except when it happens in their own back yard.
@ballcoach - 15% for a month works out to be about 180% for the year (the usual way to measure loan percentages is on an annual basis).
But let's not forget President Bush for the lies and deceit that he dragged us into a war and another he totally mismanaged causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of veterans with limbs blown off, as well as putting us on the road to fiscal disaster.
Wow $50 per ticket!! I guess they are not planning this to be a friendly family outing type of event. I've been to a bunch of car shows and concours and with the exception of Pebble Beach, Califonia never seen these prices for an event that has no track record. Take the family (2 adults and 2 teenagers) and it will cost you $180 to get in to look at 118 cars. Wonder how much the food will cost at the event? Good luck.
OK folks, its time to do the math. By the time this parking garage is done it will cost somewhere about 3 million dollars. The village budget is in round numbers 16 million dollars (and going up at an alarming rate!). Three million is about 18% of 16 million. Where do you think they are going to get the additional money? Out of your pockets of course!! Expect to pay a few hundred dollars next year or so for this grand plan. The Pinehurst $ per parking space must be out of sight. When does the out of control spending end in Pinehurst?
Not a great idea IMHO. If it's all for parades, all the good, otherwise this is a disaster waiting to happen. I love the statement "It will be a big calling card." Not sure how this is the case. Sgt. Sheppard says "we have a very light budget." If so, why is it that the village is on a spending spree worse than a bunch of drunken saliors (not that there is anything wrong with drunken sailors).
Interesting idea but a bit late, I thought all the parking problems were solved with the $800,000 new sand lot and park on the Village Green. Now another plan to spend the Taxpayer's money. Who is going to pay the millions this will cost? Seems like the Village is on a path to spend ever last cent in the taxpayer's pockets. New Parking lot in the Village Green, New Open space in the Village Green, Changes to the "streetscape" downtown, endless money for consultants and lawyers, a road / parking lot for a brewery, a million dollars for the expanded library, a new public works building out on Murdocksville Rd, a new police car for every patrolman, etc. etc. Get ready for a huge tax increase to pay for all this. In today's environment, where is the fiscal restraint?
Look at the picture in the article. Now exactly what use would the "assault rifle" Dakoda is checking out be for anything but killing people. Not legal for hunting anywhere I have hunted. Looks very much like a rifle the terrorists in the Middle East use or the rifle the combat solders use in the video games. Useless for really defending your home against the supposed invaders. Not really good for clay pigeon or target shooting. Just a macho toy that eventually will be used by some mentally deranged person or angry family member to kill someone.
I wonder what the "young forward thinking entrepreneurs" Moore Forward is tring to attract to the community think of the area as a place to move to when they see the article on the first page and the featured sign "God, Guns & Guts?" Shows how out of touch this area can be when it comes to serious issues and the need to understand how to move forward with reasonable solutions. The attendence of a Judge and State Senator at this rally underscores this.
This is a great initiative and I hope they are successful. But when they fill up those offices the village is going to tell them not to park outside their offices on the street but rather in the "new" sand parking lot some 150-200 yards away regardless of the weather. That's their plan.
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