UW: irresponsible.

Ok, I don’t mean to repost on a topic – but I just read an article about it and I’m completely irritated again. Why is UW still trying to get the state to fund $150 million for their stadium? It’s insane. The 520 bridge is ready to disintegrate, the viaduct is going to collapse any day, and Washington ranks 42nd in the US in per-pupil funding for K-12 education. Clearly, we have plenty of worthwhile causes that need our tax attention.  This is not how college stadiums are funded – and we shouldn’t start now. The stadium should be paid for responsibly: by student fees, alumni donations and ticket sales (just as WSU has done with their recent renovation of Martin Stadium). I am outraged with UW – this would be an inappropriate and frivolous use of tax dollars.

7 Responses to “UW: irresponsible.”

  1. August 11, 2008 at 8:37 pm

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  2. 2 big mama
    August 12, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Couldn’t agree with you more. UW probably spends all their money recruiting new players so their team can be top ranked. And, speaking of 520, we will be paying a toll to cross the bridge – will the state collect a toll from UW fans each time they enter the stadium? I doubt it.

  3. 3 Stan
    August 12, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I also agree, not just because I am a WSU alum.!! UW needs to get off their high horse and start raising their own money!

  4. 4 Jake
    August 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I am not taking a stance here but let me just say this. The state only wants to spend money where they can make money. That is why they do not fix the viaduct and 520 is a “working project”. The taxes would most likely be split with the pool of money Safeco Field is getting, which most people didn’t seem to mind giving up(from restaurant and car rental tax etc). The state gives out money to Husky stadium and gets plenty more in return from the tax on tickets and such. The state doesn’t lose any money; they actually gain money.

  5. 5 kb
    August 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    From kb, to Jake:

    1) The state would make money to the taxes of ticket sales regardless if they pay for the stadium or not.

    2) How many years will it take to recoup $150 million? I don’t think it’s worth it.

    3) It’s not splitting a “pool” of money for Safeco. Rather it would involve extending that “restaurant, bar tax”.

    4) Are you supporting using tax dollars for all stadium renovations?

  6. 6 Jake
    August 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    1. The point is that the state will make much more money, higher average attendance = more money, plus it will most likely seat more people

    2. I couldn’t give you an exact date cause I don’t know but Safeco field borrowed $340-372 MILLION!! And that is gonna be paid off by (expected) in 2011. Fairly quick payoff if you ask me.

    3. That may be, I don not know the logistics of how the proposed plan would be laid out.

    4. No thats not my point, I was just making the point that the State is looking at it as in investment, they do not really care about the tax payers they just want money, i.e. spending money where they can make money.

  7. 7 kb
    August 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    From Kb to Jake:

    1) Ok, maybe the state would make a little bit off of the additional seats – but I don’t know that it would be significantly more than it already is.

    2) I don’t want to fund the state’s so-called investment.

    3) Considering all of the alumni and community support – I see no reason why UW can’t raise their own funds. If the state feels that this is a good use of money (which I don’t think it is) and they want to re-purpose this tax, then all state colleges should have the opportunity to benefit from it.

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