Taxpayers shouldn't be asked to pay for visitors center

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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