I’ve been accused of just throwing tough questions at one person and one group. Well, let’s go ahead and spread the fun!
- To the State Fair Board: you want approximately $78 million for a new exhibition hall. Yet you have a permanent hotel/motel tax and while you’ve bonded against revenues for several years, why can’t you just build the exhibition hall as part of a next generation bond issue? Can’t the state fair board follow the example of the zoo, implementing improvements as the revenues continue to come in year after year?
- To the Core to Shore advocates: what if the citizenry doesn’t want Core to Shore? Has there been any poll on how much support this area actually enjoys? Are there private developers and private property owners who stand to benefit from all this in a fashion similar to those who benefitted from the Bricktown Canal? Will these owners be identified?
- To convention center advocates: Why were the only experts called in to speak at the Mayors Development Roundtable those who have a history of supporting such development? There are other experts who say convention centers are a bad investment – shouldn’t their opinions have been solicitied as well?
- Will there be a public forum to allow community imput as to what will be on a MAPS 3 ballot, or will it be decided behind the scenes?
OK, this list ought to win me all sorts of friends today.