County's New Arena
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County’s New Arena

This new Equestrian Arena like Splash in the Boro are entertainment facilities that government has no reason to be using taxpayer money to build and run. These two facilities are now competing against Private Entertainment facilities in Bulloch County. If this new Arena is so needed, those who will patronize it should use their money to build it as a private business. This is not the job of government. What is next? Build a drag strip?

The job of government is to run police and fire departments to protect the citizens and their property, build roads. run schools, provide water and sewage, manage ordinances and laws passed by the elected officials. This is what government does. Taxes are levied to raise the money to pay for these services provided to the people.

Raising taxes to pay for the building of these two facilities is shameful. Either they are taxing the people too high and using the extra money to build and run these facilities, or they are not willing to use the extra money for the schools, police and fire departments or other government departments.

So, what is it? Why are they using tax dollars for something they have no business doing?

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SgtFriday2 commented on Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017 at 19:12 PM

I didn't see where my taxes went up.I do live in Bulloch county.

If the money raised from an arena,splash in the boro are going into the coffers for roads,school police etc.. then I dont have a prob with it.

A drag strip sounds good to me.

Ironside commented on Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017 at 20:38 PM

The point is , taxes are too high if they have money to build these facilities that are not a function of government. Splash does not make money, it needs it's tax free status to keep from running huge deficits. Finally, this is how Socialism gets started, getting government involved in things they have no business being involved in.

Bryant commented on Friday, Jun 09, 2017 at 16:36 PM

I don't know about Splash but the arena was approved by the voters (remember them?)as a SPLOST I believe. So government should not carry out the peoples' preferences since those preferences don't agree with your concept of government role?

Ironside commented on Friday, Jun 09, 2017 at 19:34 PM

The SPLOST was approved by the voters to help fund the cost of government. The County Commissioners have made the decision to spend SPLOST dollars on the Arena and not on the schools or the other legitimate governmental functions.

Bryant commented on Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Ironside, you're incorrect. I refer you to Holli's article on the groundbreaking. The SPLOST was approved in 1998 and funds from those revenues were used during the recession for other governmental functions. I do not particularly support the arena but this project is an appropriate one for government because the voters said so. You know, of the people and for the people.

Ironside commented on Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 22:24 PM

SPLOST was sold to the voters in 1988 as a way to raise funds to build new schools. The current SPLOST was sold to help fund government. The School Board receives a portion, as does each city in the County. The rest goes to fund the County Government. Splash in the Boro, and now this Arena were never part of any SPLOST vote. The voters have never had the opportunity to vote for these. The County Commissioners voted to use taxpayer money to build them,even though they are not part of the government.

Bryant commented on Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 15:02 PM

Cite your sources. Because it sounds like you're just repeating the same tripe and hoping eventually it will be believed. What was the wording of the 1998 (not 1988) SPLOST proposal?

Regional commented on Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at 14:15 PM

People VOTED for the ag arena. It will make money, just as Splash is making money hand over fist. What exactly is y our problem with the county using funds as voters directed, in a project that will be lucrative? Do you realize how many outsiders visit Statesboro to attend Splash and spend money here? Did you know groups are already lining up to hold major events at the ag arena? People will come in droves, fill the camp sitour restaurants, shop at our stores. What is the problem with that?

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