Opinion: $2.5M from council makes good ‘cents’


The “Build the Rock” campaign seems to have stalled at $7.5 million with $10 million needed to build a new 5,000-seat football stadium with artificial turf. Supt. Dr. Mark Keen of Westfield-Washington Schools has asked Westfield City Council to fill in the gap with $2.5 million. It seems to us the correct move to make. The current stadium will be razed at some point to make room for development (and tax income!) at U.S. 31 and Ind. 32. The schools will sell 14 acres to local investors already committed to an approximately $40-million project. It could attract subsequent development and, therefore, more tax revenue. So the stadium need a new home, and it needs more money to get a new home. Even though the council and schools don’t necessarily intersect financially on a routine basis, for our city this potential payment helps to create a winning environment for Westfield. Since school-owned land is not taxed, any “gift” from the council to the schools would be repaid, if you will, in the form of those coming tax dollars. It should take about three years, and it just makes good business sense. Decide for yourself, though, and feel free to offer your comments about the idea at the next council meeting, scheduled for May 12.

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