As a taxpayer I know that the City has the Future Fund, and I know that we have a brown field known as the former Rheem Site. Correct so far?
Why hasn’t any elected official ever suggested that we simple take 3.7 million out of the future fund to clean up this brown field? What gives?
I have lived in Hamilton for fifty years and this is the first time any games of importance have ever been awarded to my City. Using this as my formula that means every 50 years or so we will spend 60 million dollars to clean up one brown field.
I am not liking the math much!!
It’s insane to use this project and the awarding of the games as a tool for cleaning up this one brown field in a City that boasts many.
The job of our elected officials is to promote and manage as well as maintain.
I find it shameful and disgraceful that our mayor and others feel spending 60 million on the Rheem site is justified when that same 60 million could be used in cleaning up 15-20 other properties so badly in need all over our City.
If the 60 million was invested into 15-20 salable usable appealing properties, funding an additional 60 million into a stadium sports and entertainment district would become a much easier process and a profitable one as well by use of revenues created.
If you agree with running a City as a business then its time we ask City Hall to spend and invest BIG TIME with our monies to take a chance on growth, or other words to sink or swim.
My friends this is the way our Caretaker has to view his investment as a business with risk, risk that is personal, risk that can effect his own life as well as his family, his investors and his many employees. Not to mention us loyal TiCats fans.
We read how people with no investment no risk at all think Bob Young is being selfish and self serving, all things said by those who have nothing to lose.
I love my City and I love the TiCats seems they go hand in hand, I am more then willing to risk my own money through taxation and my time to see that both exist and succeed long into the future.
I suggest that a referendum be placed on the next ballot that asks the voters to decide if the future fund should be allocated and used to once and for all clean up this City.
As for the Pan Am games Hamilton should simply pass and as a community unite with Mr. Bob Young and all possible investors in a true open partnership to create a legacy that one-day we can all be proud of.