Union Station funding
Come on now, why should we throw more money into a failing Union Station (3/1, A-1, “Union Station directors back property tax rise”)? Let’s not forget the $40 million endowment they have gone through. Sure they have changed management, but don’t raise my taxes for another try.
When they were broke they bought a collection of old trains. I don’t know if the collection has made a difference, but I don’t want my taxes raised to give them another chance. From what I hear, Science City was ill-conceived as the major attraction and has never performed as promised.
We are looking at a new tax for light rail, greatly increased water and sewer rates — and who knows what other taxes are lurking. With the city budget in trouble, the city (taxpayers) cannot support all the things that the whole region enjoys: the zoo, Union Station, stadiums, arenas, the World War I museum, etc.
Troy C Bell Jr.
Gee, why am I not surprised the Union Station directors want a property tax increase? From the beginning, this was acknowledged to be an iffy endeavor. Bistate was passed, yet here we are again being asked for funds.
I suspect the directors and others most intimately involved in Union Station are, for the most part, persons of means, to whom the inevitable $4 a gallon gasoline and rising utility bills do not represent a crucial concern. Taxpayers already bear substantial costs for the stadiums, and light rail will never be self-sustaining. Worthy projects to be sure, but in this economy when do we say, “enough?”
No more property taxes
A huge, emphatic no to more property taxes. This includes Union Station, Liberty Memorial, the sewer system, etc.
We already pay for schools, libraries and some health services. Home values are declining, foreclosures are increasing and our city leaders still look to penalize property owners with more taxes.
It is time to share the burden with everyone through a sales tax, or find the funds elsewhere.