Sunday, June 5, 2016

Council To Decide on Fee Waiver,Zone Change and More on Monday

   Among the 130 or so pages in this week's Council agenda are requests for a State Street zone change and approval for more hospital parking on Washington and Woodruff Streets.
   Tucked in their is one of those tough political issues. After spending money on an arena to provide improved venues, along come the requests to waive fees. This one is for New Life Church and its in the amount of $2300 for rental, staging, chairs and other things.
   This one is for a Father's Day  event for youth.
     Staff is recommending against the waiver,  but it's a major church with an active congregation. These are the decisions lawmakers hate.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I imagine they don't pay property taxes...what else do they want?!

Everyone should pay their fair share.

Anonymous said...

Why would lawmakers hate these decisions? No one will miss the money and its not in the budget yet. City can still make money on concessions they wouldn't otherwise make. Win win. The only ones it should be hard for is those of us who don't care for those those new age church types. And of course the professor types who hate ALL religions but love black lives matter thugs...

Anonymous said...

No break for churches that bring in thousands each week. Step up Cody!

Anonymous said...

Council needs to keep their promises to the taxpayers, , They wanted to upgrade the arena( against the taxpayers wishes ) and stated they then can charge more for the new Facility . Now they want to reduce or waive rent that will open up a number 10 Restaurant size can of problems down the line with other businesses wanting the same SWEET DEAL . SORRY FOLKS NOTHING IS FREE IN THIS WORLD !

Anonymous said...

Smart decision is to say no. It sets a bad example. Churches already pay no taxes. This larger church congregation needs to donate just a bit more. If they do it for one, they'll have to do it for all. The taxpayers shouldn't have to fund the whole damn thing!

Anonymous said...

Who paid for all the barricades, police OT, city electric, DPW and Parks and Recreation for the parade Friday night? Selective charging has always been in place and will continue.....

Anonymous said...

here we go.. lets spend millions of dollars and set fees to make it all worth the expense, to waive those fees for specialized events. Maybe they should just set fees where its applicable to all and there are no special treatments to anyone.. Favoritism?????? Its there to make money and if it doesn't make money, it should be closed down just like the pool. That seems to be the wave for Watertown.. IF it doesn't generate money or show its worth it, the group just lets it rot, eliminates its funding or just closes it all together. No matter what the study or their agreement is, its just a done deal to close it up and lose out once again. Instead of waiving all these fees for groups who typically make money on the projects they use it for, the city should just keep the fees and up their contribution to CAPC. A well deserved organization for our citizens.

Anonymous said...

Don't we give away tax breaks and special deals to all kinds of folks? You can actually live near a golf course and still get discounts on your taxes. Why shouldn't we give a cut to a church trying to do good things? Everybody gets a break. Everybody deserves a break. Let's just keep the party going.

Anonymous said...

Don't you fret folks...this will not pass and like many others the events will move elsewhere, then, the Arena will be bringing in Jack Squat. Fret not...that's right, no free passes for anyone who may bring tax revenue to the city, bed taxes, etc..no free passes, take your events elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Reduced fees for NFPs . Canadian at par. Take the check and don't cash it. COW has many models.

Anonymous said...

Decent non-profits will (or should) ask for discounts or waivers in all their purchases, this situation is no different. Its interesting that more non-profits dont ask for discounts. There is no harm in asking for discounts or waivers, this is how decent non-profits function on a daily basis.

This a non-news worthy event, in fact newzjunky has pulled down it's link.

Anonymous said...

And Let's Give more PILOTS and GRANTS and CDBG monies to properties that never paid taxes in the first place..

Anonymous said...

A Fee Schedule is a Fee Schedule and should be applied to every organization. Otherwise, just make it up as you go along like they used to in the old days....New Life has enough money to pay the fee.

Anonymous said...

Waive this fee and you will have to wave goodbye to the fee's for every church, NFP and self pronounced do-good group that comes along.