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The goal is absolutely to keep the Cubs in Mesa. The hotel and retail complex is something the Cubs are doing seperately as they are looking into using the new facility year round for training.
The ballot measure wouldn't have anything to do with the Hotel or retail complex, they would both be financed privately..
The only purchase the city is making is for the stadium construction and infastructure (both capital improvements / assets that the city would retain ownership of) which is what prop 420 is about.
Oct 10, 2010
Snipes - Your correct, I'm not hiding the fact that I support 420. I also Chair the Parks board, am DA for Little League Baseball in Mesa/AJ, and run the fall Little League Program. (All of it unpaid volunteer work, as is chairing the Cubs Campaign) If I didn't believe it was vital to Mesa, I wouldn't waste my time doing it.
Rich - I hear what your saying, but throwing the Cubs away would certainly create a bigger impact in the Budget. They don't even compare to Riverview or Waveyard (in terms of proven revenue).
I know personally the impact spring training has on Mesa. I lived over by Country Club and Center and during Spring Training season, you can't find a spot to eat or stop by the circle k without a long wait. It was actually rather annoying since I'm not a big professional baseball fan.
It is critical that we keep the Cubs playing in Mesa to retain the revenue and support to local businesses that their fans bring into our city.
Oct 3, 2010
Mesa Guy is 100% correct and forklifted1, to a lesser degree.
The funding would come from the enterprise fund profits since it would be bad to sell the pinal land in the current economy. The plan is to sell the Pinal land when it is economically feasable and replace the funds used for the stadium. (So essentially it is swapping farm land for a city owned stadium)
Why would the city fund a stadium used by a pro team? Because if they don't, another city will.. Why would another city fund it? The Cubs are a sure bet to bring in a lot of people to the city (highest Cactus League draw) and those people spend money.
Their spending supports local businesses (which is why the Chamber endorsed 420), those businesses pay tax dollars (which is why Mesa Firefighters and Mesa Police groups endorsed 420).
If the Cubs go - it's a not throwing money into the wind, it is investing in a sure thing. (Which is why Mesa Citizens for Responsible Public Policy endorsed 420)..
Oct 2, 2010