Not being a sports fan doesn’t mean I begrudge those who enjoy sporting events nor do I envy those who become wealthy and successful but it’s difficult to understand why wealthy owners of sports teams who seem to have no compunction of forcing taxpayers to pay for bigger and better sports stadiums.
Evidently, Gov. Dayton, politicians, lawyers and yes, even fans think a new Vikings stadium is a dream but for many property owners in the Minneapolis area these stadiums (the Dome and new Twins stadium) have become a nightmare. Why? For years a number of property owners in the Minneapolis area have been fighting against increasing taxes in order to pay for these sports arenas. It has come to the point where some may even be taxed out of their homes because they can no longer afford the property taxes. Can you imagine paying $3,000 property taxes a year on a small 100-year-old home situated on a tiny lot. Add to that, one homeowner was forced by the city to pay $5,000 to take down a huge beautiful old elm tree that was supposedly dying. No prior inspection to make sure the tree was diseased only to find out afterwards, it was a healthy tree. It cost additional thousands of dollars to repair the front lawn from the damage occurring from the removal of the tree. Imagine having the city charge you $100 for a permit to replace a water heater which the city did not even have to dispose of because the cost for that was included in the cost of the water heater and installation. It seems the city of Minneapolis could care less about the welfare of its residents.
Well, Rome built huge coliseums for men to play in but look what happened to Rome.