There are a good number of people who see only the benefits of this bill, because they think they will only be affected by the benefits. Without going into what makes a person believe that I should pay for them to get to watch the Sonics in person instead of on TNT, a good number of younger supporters of this tax increase (yes, it is an increase, contrary to the propaganda) do not own property and are not primarily responsible for the food in their home. But, as someone who does pay property tax and grocery tax, I don’t think it’s fair to ask me to provide you with entertainment.
“But,” you say, “you don’t watch professional sports, so you don’t have a stake in the ‘positive’ side of this.” Okay, that’s a reasonable statement. Let’s change perspectives here for a second. I’ve been waiting my whole life to see Celine Dion in concert. What if good-ol’ Mick Cornett came to me and said, “Hey, if we can tack on another $100 a year to your property tax and another chunk of change to your grocery bill, and we use that money exclusively to build a larger, prettier event center, we just may be able to get Celine Dion to come to OKC and headquarter here instead of in Vegas for six months or so. All you have to do is vote yes.” Would I be more inclined to vote for the tax then? No, and here’s why.
Surely nobody is naïve enough to think that the City of
Let’s say that, because it’s leap year and a full moon and the planets have aligned, the state will actually use this money as promised and renovate or rebuild the
We already know we can handle sport events of national importance. Take the Big 12 Tournament for example. Everyone loves the BIG 12 Tournament. But this upgrade is not necessary to keep the Big 12 Basketball Tournament coming back to
This plan is NOT an investment. There is no economic return for the city. Even supporters of the plan had to admit that we need to look at this as an "expense" not an "investment" because there is no return for the city. The only one who gets a return is the NBA - which is odd, because they pay nothing.
The NBA does NOT make a huge impact.
Television ratings for the NBA are at all time lows. Adding an NBA team does not do much towards making
The NBA business model REQUIRES public subsidies. This vote is just the beginning of the public expense.
The NBA requires public subsidies as part of it's business model. When the public doesn't want to pay - the team threatens to leave. The only reason this ballot measure exists is because the Sonics failed to extort $500M from
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