Advantage Manhattan… “Their” money for which the membership holds them accountable.
CVB Money… “Our” money, given to them to use as they deem fitting and proper with no accountability
It would have been much “cleaner” to use AM money for the feasibility study. That money is supposed to be earmarked to “promote Manhattan”. The CVB money owns a much broader interpretation of how it can be used. “Tourism” seems to be the magic word. And, the sermonizing last night was that the Fieldhouse is being touted as bringing tourism to Manhattan… filling motel rooms… filling restaurants… selling gasoline… selling ice and beer… and supporting the Municipal Court system through traffic tickets for illegal use of cell phones. Sounds like money well spent to me!!! :>)
We were being prepped last night for the inevitable. We were told how outdated the local recreations facilities are. No place to host traveling basketball teams. No place to host treaveling soccer teams. We “cannot compete with Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City.” Isn’t that what we heard re the pools? The Marlins had to travel to compete in swim meets. Finally, the City Park pool was condemned and we were told, by the commission, either the sales tax pays for it or your property taxes will increase to pay for pools. The feasibility study, commissioned by the committee who wants the project to move forward, will come back that this will be HUGE for the Manhattan economy. But, the only way it will work will be if it is owned by and bonded by City debt. The Commission will force it through the system, seeing a majority (3) are drooling to move the project forward. (Brass plaques with their names on them, inside the entryway, can be quite ego boosting.) If it does go, the only way it should be funded is with fees and bed tax money. We want this so parents and kids fill hotel rooms? Let them pay for the facility with escalated room fees.