Well, Mayor Newell is really pushing the ballpark for Parkersburg. But where is the money going to come from? Tax dollars. Yes, that's who will pay for the ballpark: the taxpayers.
Does Mayor Newell really know what he is getting the taxpayers in Parkersburg into? Mayor Newell and Parkersburg City Council is wanting to raise the sewer 9 percent over the next four years. So, if Parkersburg isn't making enough off of us already on the sewer but they want more? Where is the money for the user fee going? Nobody seems to no where that money is going. Where is the money coming from to buy the property for the ballpark? Does Mayor Newell have another fee coming to Parkersburg called the ballpark fee?
I would say before we jump into getting a ballpark here in Parkersburg, I think Mayor Newell needs to hold a public meeting about the ballpark and let's hear from the people that are going to be paying for the ballpark.
I don't know what the big hurry is in getting that ballpark here in 2014. So let's hold a public meeting and let the community decide if we need a ballpark here in Parkersburg. We don't need another user fee to help pay for a wasted ballpark.