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Taxpayers shouldn't be asked to pay for visitors center

Posted: April 17, 2012 - 8:43am

On May 1, City of Soldotna residents will go to the polls to decide the fate of the new visitors center.  Lets add up the numbers -- purchase price $2.1 million, renovations $0.5 million, additional city employees $$$. Lost tax revenue $21,000 per year. Lost potential commercial enterprise that would generate tax revenue. Do you hear it? The sucking action of government, sucking the very life out of the taxpayers. This parcel of land is one of the most desirable commercial properties in the city. The city already owns 2 adjacent revenue losing, tax exempt, prime river/highway frontage parcels consisting of Soldotna Creek Park. The question is how much more revenue will this new visitors center generate? The tourist industry has a strong and vibrant presence in this area. Ask anyone that has tried to find a parking spot in July. If this is such a good deal, let the tourist industry reach into their pockets and pay for this, not the tax payers.

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akal
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akal 04/17/12 - 09:33 am
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agreed

Roy has hit the nail right on the head. taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for this!

trapper46
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trapper46 04/18/12 - 06:59 am
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Visitor's Center

I would think a remodel of the existing center would cost a lot less than the 2.1 million purchase price plus the cost of a remodel to that structure. Oh yea, forgot about the good ole boy rule of bailing out the present owners. Political payback?

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/18/12 - 09:41 am
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I would venture to say that

I would venture to say that the PRIME property now used by the visitor's center has a potential buyer for some other project, thus the move. It does appear that there is some sort of Sharing Equally money exchange thingy going on here, but maybe not. Ya right. Time reveals ALL things eventually.

Jeremiah 6:17

jimbob
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jimbob 04/18/12 - 11:13 am
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We Can All Get Rich!

I am all for this transfer of wealth from the taxpayer to a local business, and at an inflated price too! This is an idea that I can get behind if (it includes me.) How about a provision in the Soldotna rules that all of us can sell our property to the City anytime we choose. All that would be required is to get an appraisal from an independent appraiser, take your deed to city hall and collect the big bucks. Assessed value would not be considered of course nor would any maintenance or improvements to make the property usable. This concept is great and no body loses! It is the kind of thing that Berny Madoff would be proud of. I will oppose this purchase of the Hutching property unless the golf course is included in the package. I am sure that a little town of 4000 people (many of which are children, retired, or not working) should easily afford to spend millions. It probably doesnt make sense to just knock down a few trees at the existing visitors center and add a little parking and a small addition for less than half a million. Oh yeah, can someone explain why us taxpayers should be providing housing for the chamber of commerce???? I am just saying.

jtpate
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jtpate 04/18/12 - 12:07 pm
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Boo

Yeah big ole waste of tax payer dollars here! It just isn't necessary! I could see if we didn't have one, but we do. Is this really the time
to be spending? The whole country is in an economic down turn! This is the time to be pushing private businesses! Hmm disappointed by this...

radiokenai
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radiokenai 04/25/12 - 07:06 am
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Do not panic...
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Our hero obama-mama administration is attempting to tax the crap out of small business corporations! Once that [filtered word]-fool destroys small business, you won't have to worry about taxes to pay for the visitors centers....WE WON'T HAVE ANY VISITORS!

I tell you what, liberals have elected the WORST president in our nations history. Lets make him a one-term lame duck and deport him back to Kenya where he belongs!

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