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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Did Melony Griffith, Anthony Muse and DC United officials lie to us? Was: Team Now Asking PG to Pay Part ...

Today numerous new sources report that the DC United are asking Prince George's County to pay for part of the proposed soccer stadium.  For example, the Post says:
Team owner Victor MacFarlane and Gary A. McGuigan, the project executive at the Maryland Stadium Authority, said yesterday that the current deal, under which only the stadium authority would issue bonds to build the 24,000-seat venue, should be amended to require the county's financial involvement.
On 16 Feb 2009, the Post  reported:
"In these economic times, we understand we cannot ask for one dollar from the existing tax base, and we will not," MacFarlane said at a news conference in Largo . . .
"For those out there concerned about using taxpayer resources, we want to dispel that rumor and put the myth to bed," said Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George's), who was wearing a D.C. United lapel pin.
"We are not doing this at the expense of education or public safety," said Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's).
Just what is the truth here?  It seems pretty clear that MacFarlane lied when he said:
"we understand we cannot ask for one dollar from the existing tax base, and we will not,"
What additional surprises are ahead?  At this point, why should we believe anything the stadium backers tell us?

Posted 11 Mar 2009

1 comment:

  1. This is sooo worrisome...who will pay for the added police and emergency responders that will be needed during the games? What about the road improvements to surrounding neighborhoods? Has anyone budgeted for the crime this will bring to the area (DUIs, parking lot fights, etc..)?