I have been collecting signatures on a referendum on the Mitchell indoor pool project. Not surprisingly, I have had employees of the city of Mitchell who support the effort, but will not sign the petitions. Their fear is not with the mayor, who supports the referendum, but with the crony capitalists who run this town. One of them is Roger Musick who left this comment on a previous thread:
Thanks for including my letter to the editor. I think what is being forgotten is Mitchell did have a recent election and Ed ran against the pool and Tara ran against the fine arts center. Both were soundly defeated. We need to turn our heads around and look forward.
Would you rather spend $5 million on a City Hall at $250,000 per City employee that works in City Hall (I spent $40 k per employee for my office) or $5+ million for another museum at the Corn Palace which benefits no residents of Mitchell. We closed 2 museums within 300 feet of the Corn Palace that failed.
The motel owners have spoken what project they are willing to fund with a $1 million BID and the private citizens have committed to raise $1 million of private money for the pool.
If you have a better project for the City then I expect you and Ed to raise a similar % of private money to help fund your desired project and reduce the Cities share of the project.
I prefer projects projects that improve the quality of life for our children, grandchildren and employees and their children. This will help move Mitchell forward. Huron even has a nice indoor pool.
It is very easy to be against everything but much harder to raise $2 million as the pool supporters have. You will see how hard it is to raise funds when you, Ed and Tara start raising funds for your project.
The reason Tara, Ed, myself, and others can't win elections is because we are marginalized by the same people that are causing city employees to be afraid to sign the petition. If you want to increase the chances of having a good job in Mitchell, then you better be in favor of whatever the Master Class wants. The reason why we have such low voter turn out is because the citizens have been oppressed into submission.
The Master Class decided to change plans mid stream and build an indoor pool instead of building a new City Hall so that the Corn Palace can be expanded into the current City Hall. Mitchell just spent millions on renovating the Corn Palace, and it is the main attraction for bringing visitors to Mitchell. I have seen no evidence than a new indoor pool would attract more visitors. The proposed benefits of an expanded renovated Corn Palace are being sacrificed in order to finance the wants of a very narrow special interest.
Roger and the pool supporters are falsely claiming that $2 million of the pool project is coming from supporters. The truth is that $1 million is coming from additional fees that will be charged for those visitors staying in motels. Most of them will not be using Mitchell's motels due to a new swimming pool. Most will care less about the new pool. The pool supporters are simply adding another tax in order to get the $7 million of funds they can't raise for the $8 million project. In my book, which is the Bible, that would be considered coveting.
And having our children and grandchildren pay taxes to pay of the debt that will be incurred to fund this project is not moving Mitchell forward. Those taxes could be used to stimulate the economy, by citizens buying want they want instead of paying off debt caused by the wants of special interests from days gone by.
Those monies will be wasted to pay off debt on projects that has no return on investment. In fact, the annual financial impact of the pool will most likely negative as the operating costs will exceed the fees the pool will collect. I have yet to see a financial budget for operating the proposed facility. And this same argument goes for the $15 million fine arts center.
It will be those who profit from building swimming pools who will benefit the most. The rest of us members of the slave class will be paying the costs to subsidize operations and the debt that will fund the construction. This is the real impact crony capitalism has on the economy. That negative impact is causing taxes and public (and even perhaps private) debt to rise. China has been doing similar projects, and now they seem to be leading the world into another financial collapse.