The Lee’s Summit City Council and Mayor Karen Messerli have obviously fallen for all the hoopla presented by the developers of Legoland (5/3 editorial, “Scrutinize funding plans for Legoland”).
First, they need to learn from Olathe. That city realized the huge tax burden Legoland would place on its residents and decided to forgo the opportunity.
Next, the location is too small for such a large operation. If that location is the only place the developers would consider, then it must not be the attraction they claim it to be.
Further, $222 million in public funding is ridiculous. Why should the taxpayers of Lee’s Summit welcome a project into our city that “generates net deficits for the city” over most of the next 24 years as the editorial notes?
As I stated in an e-mail to the members of the City Council and the mayor: Don’t be impressed by all the bells and whistles that the developers have thrown out to try to impress. They want to shift the risk to the residents of Lee’s Summit. Doesn’t that send out a red flag?