Clay Neely’s article in the Sunday edition of The Newnan Times-Herald described the recent public meeting to review a consultant’s findings on a proposed new sports event complex. The article contained the obvious answer to the question of whether the community should support the proposal.
First, Clay reported that only “around a dozen people showed up to hear the 30-minute presentation.” That is a clear indication that there is not much public interest in the suggested facility. Second, Clay noted a key observation from the consultant that, “Almost no sports complex can completely pay for itself…” which means that local taxpayers would be tapped to pay for something most of us are not interested in to benefit the few who want the complex or who would benefit from it being built (like the good folks who would sell the required land, whoever they may be).
The suggested public/private partnership to support this nearly $50 million scheme translates to “the public pays while private interests benefit.” If building the proposed sports complex requires any city or county funding or guarantees, let’s exercise some good judgement and pass on this bad idea.