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12/28/2012 9:57:00 PM
Letter: Prescott is a pawn in training camp bidding

EDITOR:

Will we never learn! In the Dec. 12 Daily Courier on the front page, the headline was "SOLD." Prescott finally sold the Elks Opera House!

The next headline reads "Prescott's Bid" (for the Cardinals training camp). And of course, public funds will be needed to make this happen. Haven't we learned anything from the Coyotes debacle in Glendale, or the Cubs wheeling and dealing with various cities, using one against the other to get the sweetest deal?

Let's say Prescott "wins" the bid. The Cardinals can then play Glendale, Flagstaff and Prescott against each other after a rather short contract of three to five years. I think this is a very weak effort to bring tourists to Prescott compared to the great job Prescott is doing to host activities practically every week that draw people to Prescott year-round.

It is not the responsibility of local government, or, for that matter, the Chamber of Commerce, to think of new ways to burden our people with new debt.

It shouldn't surprise David Maurer (CEO of our Chamber of Commerce) that people are asking him why Prescott bid on the Cardinal training camp. His answer was he was given the opportunity. Maybe he should consider the impact on the taxpayer, the negative effect on Flagstaff of our bidding, and the hold that the Cardinals will have on us once we build this new facility before he bids on something else.

Ken Schiltz

Prescott




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Yukon Jack

It seems to me that if this such a great money making venture, there'd be all kinds of private money available.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Right Ken. Government needs to stay out of business. Look at the mess in PV with the PV Event Center, LLC known as Tim's Toyota Center. Mayor Skoog and the council approved in 2005 to "guarantee" all payments of a 35 Million dollar facility. Now, who is responsible for losses? The citizens of Prescott Valley. Be careful who you vote for,



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