- The 2004 Ballot initiative to fund the bonds mentions not one single word about an event center.
- The City Charter specifically forbids building this without a vote.
- The planned activities including commercial operations and food service violate the current Preserve Ordinance.
- The City has a massive capital debt, and is currently considering raising property taxes.
- We will pay off the Preserve bonds by 2025, but taxes for the bonds run through 2034. Land purchases are done, and we will have a $125-$200M surplus in the Preserve Fund by 2034. Why are we taxing ourselves for 9 extra years when we are done with land purchases?
- This project is run by 6-figure consultants and their expensive out-of-town experts. The content is manufactured by designers in New York City. The business plan is drafted by a consulting firm in Boston. Everything flawed with having consultants rather than citizens run the project has occurred including illegal attempts to influence City Council.
- Every single non-profit event center like this needs 40-50% subsidies to survive. The City subsidizes the Museum of the West with free building and rent, and up to almost 40% of their operating budget.
We have voluminous public records from the City to support every one of these items. We have raised nearly $50,000 to sue the City, and over 7,000 of your fellow citizens have signed a ballot petition to bring this to a vote.
Downloadable fact sheet: Why-The-DDC-Is-a-Terrible-Idea