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Support the arts...with private dollars not TIF
March 13, 2012 | 12:22 PM

Just love it when the friends of cultural arts come out fighting for their beloved arts programs but the minute you ask them to pony up the coin to support their cause they claim it is for the people and that all the people....the taxpayer...should pay for it. Why should they have to open up their wallets to support their passion? As has been said time and time again if running a theatre was such a good business you would see the likes of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway picking up theaters at near fire sale prices all across this great country of ours and turning them into the money making urban renewal money makers the arts crowd says they are....all without TIF and tax incentives. Fact of the matter is that it is a losing proposition at all costs and the only investment should be PRIVATE investment and not the city. Way too many examples of TIF funded theatre projects gone awry for this to even remotely be considered.

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