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Not really expecting anything newsworthy outside of the announcement of the hotel tax, but I'm up here just in case.
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Sharp, Goodwin, Loftin, Berry up front.
Announced that it's official that games will not be leaving College Station, I guess that hasn't been official yet though it was something we all expected.
Mayor said that the city will be raising as much as 36 million over 30 years through unallocated money from the current hotel tax and a new raise of 3/4 of 1% on the tax. Potential annual income of 1.2 million.
She said "Not a dime is coming from the citizens of College Station."
I want to see what it is going to look like damnit!
Any good lookin poon-tang there?
Hunter Goodwin (here on behalf of the hotels), said it's "very innovative and very visionary." Said it's going to be "one of a kind" partnership in the city. They said it's a self-induced tax on the hotel industry, but they were the ones most cocnerned with keeping games in College Station. Part of the deal is that it will also increase access to facilities at Texas A&M.
Still a ways from that announcement I'm afraid.
Fuckin freeloaders. The amount of money they're taking from actual visitors is small. This is the City of College Station taking more money out of former students pockets.
1. We wont provide any money.
2. We will take more money from former students that pay high prices to attend games.
3. We will use the new facilities that we are entitled to since we did nothing.
Ya, real visionary Hunter.Start your run for Congress, because you have the line down.
aaaaand long drawn out construction on top of that
Berry is saying that out of towners are going to be the one who benefits from the better facilities.
What a stupid comment. I realize this is just what they have to say for the public, but at least come up with a better excuse. This is just a circumvental way to get alumni to pay
Wait, so not only is the city not paying anything, but they now have access to hold their own events in our stadium?
The feck is this crap?
Pleas ask "how they benefit". Less time standing in a pisser line? Cheaper hotel rates? Less traffic? Cheaper concessions?
Won't get excited until 2 huge hotels are built on west campus.
God knows we need it.
From IH-35 to IH-10... what then?
Good Lord, get over it. Put your big boy pants on and deal with it. If you're afraid of that small tax increase, then stay home and watch on tv. Would you rather have an outdated and deteriorating stadium or fork out a few more dollars and have the best facility in Texas? Can't have it all, folks.
I'm going with option number 3....
People aren't saying they're afraid of a tax increase, they're saying it's not fair the city should benefit and not have to contribute
For what it's worth, I think that's a fair criticism, I asked Loftin about it afterwards and he said that Texas A&M didn't have anything to do with the local side of things. They told the community leaders what kind of money they were asking for, and that's the solution they came back with. Apparently most of the money locally is coming from a tax that was already in place to build a convention center that will now not be built.
Though I remember that vote, and I'm not certain that they can ammend that project without putting it to a city vote again though.
Apparently you guys haven't been paying attention to life because this is the way it works....pass the buck.
Whether is government, business, non-profit....the consumer is the one that always gets the shaft.
Life ain't fair.
Guess I wasn't getting the memo when all the College station business owners and workers were b*tching about how much they would suffer if we moved games for a year.
Life ain't fair, huh?
You also do realize that about 95% of people in College Station don't own businesses and get no benefit from having sporting events and other university events in town. You would rather have them pay taxes or whatever to subsidize the stadium etc, so you don't have too. If you make the businesses pay the consumers have to pay, which in this case means the locals.
Hotel tax is not a new concept it is how alot of sports arenas are fincianced.
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