IS IT TRUE it appears now that when you account for the debt servicing of the bond issue over the 25 years ($2.6 Million x 25 years) this project will actually commit tax payers to the minimum of $65 million?…when you add the $13 Million already paid to clear the Executive Inn or the massive construction interest and legal fees associated with the project the taxpayer damages on this gamble is massive exceeding $78 Million?… the City is downplaying the fact that Evansville is the biggest investor here in releasing costs of $38Million from the investors from Branson and $37.5 Million from the taxpayers of Evansville?…that casinos operate with rules that return up to 99% of every dollar pushed through electronic games of chance?…if any one of us could find a SUGAR DADDY that is dumb enough to match our investment in casino action dollar for dollar we would be statistically guaranteed to walk away a big winner?…in such a scenario where $75 Million was in play, the casino would win their standard operating margin, the receiver of the matching funds (HCW) would win big, and the idiot that matched the casino play (City of Evansville) would be guaranteed to lose their entire investment?
IS IT TRUE According to the Hunden study (the $105,000 City study upon which it relies), the new hotel will be filled only 30% by the new business generated due to conventions; so the remaining 70% will need to come from existing heads in beds that must be stolen from existing Evansville hotels?…if our hotels lose this business because of this need to attract patrons that would otherwise have stayed in an existing hotel, jobs at those hotels will be lost?…based on the numbers from the Hunden Study we will amend our estimate yesterday of 55 – 65 jobs created down to more like 20 – 25 net new jobs created by the new hotel?…taking $37.5 Million from the taxpayers to create 25 permanent low wage jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs makes the Obama Stimulus look like an economic success story?…it even makes Solyndra look like a success story since they did actually employ about 1,000 people for two years before filing for bankruptcy?…of all the possibilities considered during the 2011 Mayoral election, the Winnecke Administration making President Obama’s economic performance look superior was not something anyone even thought possible?
IS IT TRUE Bob Warren, the CVB director has spoken about how convention planners will now come to Evansville?…that is a complete misstatement according to the industry EXPERTS the City of Evansville hired to do a study of such things?…according to the Hunden study the majority of planner’s poled – 60% – said they will NOT consider Evansville for their conventions?…40% said they would likely consider Evansville?…in other words, doing this project gets less than half of those planners to just consider Evansville – nothing more?…there is more than just a hotel that will keep convention planners from considering Evansville for conventions?…we may need to consider something other than conventions and ball games as our economic savior?…infrastructure that works is something that has held Evansville back for years and it continues to do so no matter how many ball fields, hockey rinks, or skateboard parks we may build?…this is a failed policy of people mired in the 60’s and devoid of any knowledge about trends and technology?
IS IT TRUE the CCO Moles are telling us of several instances of intimidation attempts directed at board members of the CVB by members of the Vanderburgh County Council designed to get the City of Evansville’s paws on $3.5 Million of the Innkeepers Tax dollars that were in play for soft balls fields?…to use the hand of government to take Innkeeper’s Taxes from the hands of existing hoteliers to give to a competitor is right out of the playbook of Lenin, Brezhnev, and Stalin?…Karl Marx founded the Communist Party on the premise that “we (the central planners) take from each according to their abilities and redistribute as we choose according to needs”? …the American veterans who have fought and died to stop the spread of communism are most likely rolling over in their graves in amazement at the audacity of the government of an American city to take from one businessman to fund his competitor?…this is an insult to the Constitution and our free enterprise system?