After my post two weeks ago about the borked Burnsville Heart of the City, I have been closely following any news about it and came across two letters in the StarTrib from Burnsville residents who are not terribly happy with the prospect of using tax dollars on any project related to the Heart of the City, especially the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
Cliff Volkmann writes (emphasis mine):
- The tired song that the Performing Arts Center in Burnsville is being built without increasing property taxes is grossly misleading. The millions of dollars are not just falling out of the sky, but tax increment financing funds that were intended to REDUCE taxes for the citizens of Burnsville are instead being used for the theater, and now for the parking ramp. If this isn’t considered a form of tax increase, then the spin merchants have had a field day.
These are but a few of the fiascoes that should put a bright light on the city officials who don’t understand how to spell.
Market force should be allowed to develop property to prevent the kinds of three-ring circus events that have developed with the meddling of our city government.
Right on Cliff! Like I said when I posted about the Heart of the City, if a developer is pulling out of the whole thing, it’s obvious that they don’t believe the project is worth it. Why should the taxpayers take on the burden of something that everyone else sees as a drain? While this project won’t end up being like the Duluth Aquarium, it’s certainly not one that we need South of the River and definitely one that the residents of Burnsville should be fighting hard to end.
Thankfully Cliff (above) and Elwood Narum (among others) are:
- It is probably too late to stop this out-of-control boondoggle, but it is not too late to make strong consideration for the future direction and governance for the city of Burnsville. Want to serve your city? Contact noperformingartscenter.com. We are interested in talking to qualified candidates interested in running for mayor and city council. The time for change is here.
They claim to be a grass roots campaign looking for supporters as well as those interested in running for City Council seats in opposition to this huge waste of taxpayer dollars. I wish them the best of luck and I hope that their ideas spread throughout the citizenry of Burnsville and the rest of the South Metro.