Birthplace arena development a presumption of choice

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Regarding the new arena for the Town of Windsor…

Do we have the population density per square kilometre to support this venture? The absence of young families and an ageing population should be of high concern.

Who benefits? Investors who will enjoy high tax write-offs (loss allocation), the local hospitality industry — restaurants, motels, etc. Perhaps a special levy (tax) on commercial enterprises should be implemented.

What about the ongoing expenses of arenas post-construction on a building’s life cycle, of which the operation and maintenance are never ending? Will the residential taxpayer down the road be targeted to pay for the future upkeep? Where is the list of profitable rink arenas? If they are profitable, should the public receive a proportionate share of arena revenues if public dollars are used for infrastructure requirements?

Your job as representatives of Windsor is to deliver the best possible services at the lowest cost — the same way your constituents do when they budget their own hard earned money.

We need to come up with novel approaches to a radically changed 21st-century environment and learn how to not rely so heavily on the residential taxpayer to foot the bill. Sadly, our claims of being a democratic society are seriously threatened if we believe business organizations and several residents dominate the decision-making.

Only innovation and creativity, combined with strategic thinking, will lead Windsor to a successful future.

 

 

David Morris,

Windsor, NS

 

Geographic location: Windsor, Nova Scotia, Hants County

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  • AH
    July 19, 2014 - 14:50

    My observations is that the rinks are generally full and many families travel outside the region in the summer for Ice activities even. I also think that a big reason Windsor has an aging population is because there is little there for new families. The elderly and longtime residents enjoy capped assessments and property tax breaks in low income situations. If you continue to not build and invest in the community then you will continue to get a stagnant and elderly population because there are more progressive communities for people to move to.