IS IT TRUE that the City County Observer has spent considerable time and effort over the last several months in trying to get someone to provide us and the taxpayers of Evansville with the answer to two questions about the operation of Ford Center?…both questions have easy short answers and thus far we have met nothing but resistance to releasing these simple answers?…resistance takes many forms but the most common ones in this case are ignoring the questions and the second is to attempt to marginalize the questions by providing long and complicated statements that dance around the answers?…those days have come to an end as the CCO has it on good authority that Scott Schoenike of VenuWorks has provided the answers to pastor and monthly newspaper publisher Steve Ary that we have been seeking?
IS IT TRUE we are puzzled why the above information wasn’t provided to pastor Ary, City County Observer and the general public by Council President Missy Mosby (D), Finance Chairman Dan McGinn (R), Mayor Lloyd Winnecke (R), City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr or DMD Director Kelly Course long ago? …could it be that this is a political hot potato that they all want to run and hide from? …we are pleased to tell you they won’t be able to hide from this budgetary bombshell? …we also predict that the Thunderbolt/Venueworks and the City of Evansville backroom Thunderbolts hockey acquisition and Ford Center utilities deals will cause some Council members major re-election problems?
IS IT TRUE that the first question we sought the answer to was, “how much are the utility bills for Ford Center and who is responsible for paying them”?…The answer to the question is that the taxpayers of Evansville are contractually obligated to pay all the Ford Center utility bills? …the tab for the utility bills is well over $600,000 per year? …let that sink in folks, you are paying the utility bills for the Ford Center which is a defacto handout for any activity that is not paying market rate to use the facility?…the market rate rent per hockey event was determined back in 2011 at $11,000 per home game for the Evansville Icemen?…with the establishment of the Evansville Thunderbolts at a paltry $1,000 per home game rental fee the utility bills associated with hockey are now considered a hockey subsidy?
IS IT TRUE that the other simple question was, “do the taxpayers of Evansville cover the losses for the Evansville Thunderbolts hockey team”?...the answer to this simple question is YES?…remember you heard it first from the CCO that the taxpayers of Evansville are totally responsible for the losses associated with having this hockey team? …we would like to know how much money did the Thunderbolts loss during the 2016-2017 hockey season? …we are told by reliable sources that this figure could between $500,000 to $700,000 dollars? …if you are outraged to learn this, you need to let your council members know how you think about this?
IS IT TRUE several of the current council members were serving on City Council when the utilities deal was made but some weren’t?…individuals not on Council when the Ford Center utilities contract were approved are Council members: Justin Elpers (R), Jim Brinkmeyer (D), Anna Hargis-CPA (R) and Michelle Mercer (R)?…we encourage these newcomers to use their skills to unwind these insane agreements and make this work for the benefit of people of Evansville?…it is about time that Councilwoman Hargis used the CPA degree that she boasted so much about during her campaign?…Councilman Elpers just needs to keep up his persistence to find answers?…we are sure he is being subjected to all sorts of pressure to look the other way and let the good old boys keep their insane ways of doing business stay intact?…we encourage Councilman Elpers to stay strong and do the right thing even if no one else including CPA Anna Hargis does?
IS IT TRUE it is time this City Council realized that there are 120,000 people in this town and a little more than a 1,000 of them are willing to pay $10 to see a taxpayers subsidized hockey game?…when one looks at it from this perspective, subsidized hockey is nothing more than penalizing the 119,000 citizens to entertain around a 1,000 or more hockey fans?
IS IT TRUE that we would like to thank Scott Schoenike of VenuWorks for publicly announcing what we consider to be a couple of financially irresponsible deals that the City of Evansville made with his company?…the CCO will be publishing an editorial with supporting documents toward the end of the week? … stay turned because we can guarantee it shall be a good read?
IS IT TRUE we wonder if our friends with the local main stream media will inform their readers and viewers that the taxpayers of Evansville are responsible for all theThunderbolts financial losses for the 2016-2017 hockey season?…we also wonder if they will report that the Evansville taxpayers are paying all the utilities bills at the Ford Center? …we predict they won’t touch this story because they will consider this to be “FAKE NEWS”!
FOOTNOTE: todays “READERS POLL” question is :Do you feel that the majority of our elected officials knowingly withheld information about who is paying the utilities bills at the Ford Center?