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Wed Dec 17, 2014, 12:39 PM

D.C. Council gives final approval to using public funds to help build a stadium for D.C. United

The D.C. Council gave final approval to using public funds to help build a stadium for Major League Soccer's D.C. United.

The deal calls for the District of Columbia to spend roughly $140 million to secure the land for the stadium site on Buzzard Point in southwest Washington, a neglected peninsula about 2 miles south of the U.S. Capitol. The city will also give up about $40 million in tax revenue. D.C. United would spend $150 million to build the soccer-specific stadium itself. The team currently plays at aging RFK Stadium.

The council also voted on a measure that authorizes the city to borrow and spend the money.

Since 1996, D.C. United has used RFK Stadium in Southeast.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC-Council-to-Give-Final-Approval-to-Stadium-Deal-286062001.html

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Reply D.C. Council gives final approval to using public funds to help build a stadium for D.C. United (Original post)
Strange Luck Dec 2014 OP
Juan Rico Dec 2014 #1
waltervink Dec 2014 #2
Juan Rico Dec 2014 #3
ol geezer Dec 2014 #4
Dexter Morgan Dec 2014 #5
762Justice Dec 2014 #6
waltervink Dec 2014 #7
Dexter Morgan Dec 2014 #8
waltervink Dec 2014 #9
TexMex Dec 2014 #12
His Daughter Dec 2014 #10
JeffJenk Dec 2014 #11

Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 12:55 PM

1. Shouldn't the league build it themselves using their own revenue? Why should taxpayers pick up the

tab?



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Response to Juan Rico (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:00 PM

2. I think nearly all sports stadiums are built this way.

 

Taxpayers have vested interest in this, because it would bring more commerce to the area.

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Response to waltervink (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:05 PM

3. Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money

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Response to waltervink (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:09 PM

4. That is the excuse.

And that is usually only an excuse, as many sport team owners could build a new stadium with money they themselves have access to, without using any tax money. Tax money often earmarked for something else, like schools.
It is a racket. Nothing short of a legal racket, that gets a few rich, richer.

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Response to waltervink (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:13 PM

5. What would taxpayers benefit be ,lower taxes?

Living here in the Bay area the raiders and 49er's use the same argument and the only people who make money out of it are the owners,the politicians and the contractors....
What do the taxpayers get out of it??

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Response to Dexter Morgan (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:18 PM

6. The taxpayers get

more traffic, and people to piss in their yards if they live by the stadium.

Good deal, eh?

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Response to Dexter Morgan (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:18 PM

7. I was imagining

 

businesses in the area would benefit from having more customers, people coming in from out-of-town

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Response to waltervink (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:27 PM

8. Yes i would agree with you , the immediate area businesses would do good..

Overall that does not really help the taxpayer,i think it is more of a status symbol for the city it's located in...

The tax-payers in Alameda county have been online for 100 of millions to keep the Raiders in Oakland and the payback after 15 years build us a new stadium or we are leaving,taxpayer always get fleeced.....

A football team wants a new stadium build it yourself..

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Response to Dexter Morgan (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 01:29 PM

9. Yeah sounds like a bum deal for taxpayers

 

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Response to waltervink (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 07:12 PM

12. in theory

 

Yes, this positive tax revenue projection is used by consultants to sell the idea. In practice the tax payers bendover and take anal rehydration.

Houston has four stadiums built by the tax payers. Yet the city and county still want more taxes and the sports authority is still running in the red....

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Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:12 PM

10. Congress has ulitimate authority over DC

Do they have to approve this as well?

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Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:48 PM

11. Corporate / 1% wealthfare in action. Surprising that any cons are against this as funneling

 

tax dollars UP the food chain is a time-honored, Amerikan tradition that rightists are generally happy to support.

I am surprised that none of them pointed out that D.C. United is a S O C C E R team and as an unAmerican sport, may be letting commies and illegal aliens into the country. Still, the money is going to the rich owners, so all is good in conland.

After all, it is not money wasted on feeding some starving child or paying for medical care for the poor, so it must be worthwhile.

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