The Daily Herald published an article recently about the ITSANObrainerd.com group's request to place a sign on the Brainerd building that opposed the referendum. The article quoted the mayor, who said, "The village doesn't have the legal authority to allow another sign because it doesn't control the property rights." In other words, because the village has sublet the property to Brainerd Community Center Inc., the village does not control the property.
So, what happens if the referendum passes and we taxpayers see that more of our taxes are required to keep the building's operations afloat? What if we taxpayers perceive that the community center is being mismanaged? At least with the ill-fated Sports Complex our elected officials have to account to us taxpayers.
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In this referendum we are being asked to build a palace and give it to a group that is not accountable to us, and if it fails, we are still on the hook for its losses. Vote "no" to the referendum.