The Tampa Bay Rays continue to insist that the taxpayers of St. Petersburg and Pinellas county line their pockets with completely unearned profits. The latest example is the planned $1.3 million for Tropicana Filed Renovations and a new 360degree wrap-around walkway in the stadium. All for a team that is threatening to leave St. Petersburg and routinely trashes the very stadium our citizens built as “inadequate”. Meanwhile the Rays owners bring tens of millions of profits to New York City through taxpayer’s subsidies. Team President Matt Silverman Admitted publicly at the Tiger Bay Club on January 25, 2008 that they could not make a profit without taxpayer subsidies. Maybe it is time for the City to let them leave in exchange for paying back the hundreds of millions spent to build and support the stadium.
|“Your City” Campaign Alert
Say “No” To $1.3 million Wealth Transfer to Rays.
Here is a partial list of the numerous ways the Taxpayers of St. Petersburg directly line the pockets of the Tampa Bay Rays with un-earned profits. These are profits not earned by honest business enterprises surrounding baseball, but by the use of government force to compel the poor and the middle class to subsidize the rich and the well connected. This “Forced Error” is merely another example of how the Political Class uses the taxpayers to bring home unearned profit.
- $1.1-1.4 million/year total direct taxpayer Subsidies for Tropicana Field (page A-18, 2013 budget)
- 30,000 hours of police overtime to direct traffic (DETAILS TO FOLLOW ON FUTRE SUN BEAM TIMES STORY).
- Free property and casualty insurance for Tropicana Field
- Free parking
- A shiny stadium – after land is stolen from Gas Plant Neighborhood.
- About $640,000 per year for “General Administration” bureaucracy that supports, in part, Rays short-and long-term Stadium Management (p G-5, 2013 budget)
- Free stadium Upgrades—
$719,00 for staircase, floor sealing, safety rails and many other improvements (April 2013 “Capital Projects Fund”)
$400,000 to repave parking lot, repair escalator and more (March 2011, Capital Projects Fund”)
$250,000 for “Ring” repair (8/2011 from “Capital Projects Fund”)
$50,000 for elevator and other repairs (9/13 from “Capital Projects Fund”).