Thursday letters: Put baseball park on ballot

February 27, 2014 

— Daniel Rickenmann’s Feb. 20 column (“To judge jobs promises, consider city’s track record”) did a good job of reminding us about how much Columbia taxpayers have spent on projects such as Innovista and the Williams Street extension and Shop Road improvements, and how little we’ve gotten in return.

Bottom line, Rickenmann writes, “Our politicians have promised 11,900 new jobs on these city-driven development projects, and we haven’t even gotten to Bull Street yet.”

What is wrong with the people who are paying for the nearly $100 million expense on a private development at the old State Hospital site on Bull Street having a say? Let’s put the $35 million baseball stadium on the ballot in November and vote on it. The taxpayers of Columbia must vote then anyway. Do not let any politician ram this down our pocketbooks with so many failed promises in the past.

Jay Graham


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