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Put hospitality tax toward arena renovation

Posted: August 18, 2011 10:36 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Not so fast, Mayor Graham and city council. Let’s talk tourism. The National Steeplechase Museum is sponsoring a new antiques fair at Rhame Arena in October. The arena is downtown with lots of parking and extremely convenient to the interstate. Think about it -- if council had its way, the arena would have been torn down by now and taxpayers would be spending $6 to $8 million on a new YMCA on the Mather Academy property. Can we house an antiques fair at the YMCA? Can we hold the annual Firefest event at the YMCA?

Let’s rethink tourism and the use of the hospitality tax. Rhame Arena can be renovated. I believe this would be a legitimate use of our tax money to attract tourism.

Again, I cry, not so fast!

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