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    Re: Ruston's sports complex

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    Ruston-Sterlington comparison does not make for a good argument against the Ruston complex.

    More public housing or a sports complex? We see what happens when public housing is the choice of the voters.
    Supporters of the Natch Complex are saying we shouldn't be compared to Sterlington either. Their argument is Sterlington dropped the ball on maintenance, upgrades, continued improvements and thus folks (teams) no longer found it an attractive place to play. Yet! our geniuses in Natch launched a $15 million build without a plan/means to provide for maintenance, upgrades, continued improvements. That's the reason the goofy mayor/city council are embroiled in a controversy over increased sales taxes...for the already highest sales tax rate in the state, save maybe for N.O.. And why they tried to sneak through increases in water/sewage charges on city utility bills.

    If these sport complexes are so wonderful, such awesome revenue generators, then strictly (zero tax dollars) private endeavors would/should undertake them. But...that never happens. Why? Because they are white elephants doomed to LOSE HUGE money for those condemned to support them. The private sector is only a gazillion times smarter than your average elected politicians and the cluless voters/taxpayers who enable them.

    Oh! sure, many (most) local businesses will benefit from them. Of course they will, and why not? And yes, that will yield some additional revenue in taxes to the local government. But, as the numbers clearly show, in Natch's case, that additional tax revenue will trickle in taking 93 years to repay the $15 million that was already in the local government's coffers. Hello!

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    Re: Ruston's sports complex

    Yes, more hatcheries is the way to go if a community wants to turn over a dollar. ��
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    Re: Ruston's sports complex

    just thinking aloud, couldn't most of the arguments against the sports complex be made concerning Louisiana Tech and its athletic programs and the view that maybe all need to be canned? Argument might could be made that the complex is going to help the bottom line of hotels and restaurants more than the events at tech will.
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    Re: Ruston's sports complex

    Quote Originally Posted by Choudawg86 View Post
    just thinking aloud, couldn't most of the arguments against the sports complex be made concerning Louisiana Tech and its athletic programs and the view that maybe all need to be canned? Argument might could be made that the complex is going to help the bottom line of hotels and restaurants more than the events at tech will.
    You make a good point. Fortunately these things are measurable. At least roughly.

    Some of us are still waiting on the C/B analysis on which the SEZ / pressbox projects were based. The best reason we ever got was "High school boys are mighty impressed by high-roller suites and cushy press accommodations that they will probably never see again"

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    Re: Ruston's sports complex

    Quote Originally Posted by Choudawg86 View Post
    just thinking aloud, couldn't most of the arguments against the sports complex be made concerning Louisiana Tech and its athletic programs and the view that maybe all need to be canned? Argument might could be made that the complex is going to help the bottom line of hotels and restaurants more than the events at tech will.
    is there a millage supporting Tech? If so, was it voted upon by the local citizenry?

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    Re: Ruston's sports complex

    Quote Originally Posted by skilldawg View Post
    is there a millage supporting Tech? If so, was it voted upon by the local citizenry?
    not to my knowledge.

    Is that a requirement for public accountability?

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