The City of Syracuse can’t afford to fix water mains that break all the time, but Syracuse University would like taxpayers to help pay for a $495 million, 44,000-seat retractable roof stadium.
Never mind that SU has an endowment of nearly $1 billion. Never mind that SU doesn’t pay property taxes, though it agreed to fork over at least some cash to its cash-strapped host. Never mind that the basketball team alone brings in about $25 million in revenue and will get more from the ACC TV contract. Never mind that there’s no plan to reuse the iconic Carrier Dome. Never mind that stadiums are not true economic development.
The dome, and SU’s Division I teams, draw tens of thousands regularly, even on wintry nights.
“But it hasn’t fixed Syracuse’s problems,” he said, “which is kind of proof in itself.”
The mayor wisely didn’t agree to a plan hatched by the governor and county executive to award $200 million in state money to the project. She is forming a task force to look into the issue.
Links of the Day:
– A Rochester case will test shaken baby science used in courts.
– A state audit of a Rochester charter school found favoritism in awarding contracts.
– Given my experiences over the last two weeks, this column about sexism directed at women reporters resonated.
— Claire Talbot (@ClaireTalbot59) January 24, 2014