Friday, June 3, 2016

WDT: Former Mayor Calls for a Civic Use for North Side League

    Oh wait, that was me. I wrote a letter to the editor this week encouraging the effort for a Boy's and Girl's Club at the former North Side League building on Mill Street.. 

Watertown Daily Times | Group’s facility must be put to a good use

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another NP Jeff? I understand the want, but not the need. Keep the place on the tax rolls.

Anonymous said...

A very good analysis and well written.

One thing that appears to be off the table but should still be considered, is if a captain such as yourself, were to take over the rudder, perhaps the organization could be restored and returned to its original purpose. Sure it will never be the same but it still could be something different but just as good.

Someone with the wisdom and acumen as our former city leader, very well could make a go of it. One thing that sticks out is the $37k that the city is sucking out of this NFP, even as it sits defunct. With all the tax exempt properties in the city, it is despicable that either: this one doesn't have the right to be tax exempt, or no one ever suggested that it should apply for the exemption. And I am sure that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Every city in the country has within it, areas that are not as prosperous as the others. And you would be hard pressed to find one like the north side, where it is completely ignored by planners and do-gooders. Why has not city leader stepped up and helped to save this needed north side asset? Poor people need a place to have their wedding receptions and there are no volunteer fire barns in the city to accommodate them. Poor people deserve a consistent place to go cast their vote too.

Anonymous said...

Keep it on the tax rolls as we have around 50 percent of properties in the area that are already tax exempt , don't expect the little home owner to pick up any more slack after this last round of tax increases by our friends in city hall.

Anonymous said...

Mayor, your idea is one, but certainly not the only one or even the best one. Nonprofits do a lot of good, but we should be looking to help make them more efficient, consolidate, collaborate, not create more infrastructure to support via grant or governmental sources. Helping support worthwhile endeavors is fleeting? Don't we do that all the time in our community with good results? You think helping a young northsider get an education is fleeting? Your thinking on that is just wrong. It doesn't have to be fleeting if done properly and there are ways to fund in perpetuity, so that long after you and I are gone, the Club can continue to change lives and improve neighborhoods. And what happens if the League turns over the building and the nonprofit fails a year from now (and we've seen this happen before). Now that nonprofit gets to sell it. How does that preserve the Club's community legacy? Do you remember a few years ago the teen center being on the verge of closing? Don't be so quick to dismiss other options that both perpetuate the Club's name and legacy, and also keep remaining members and north side residents involved in enhancing their neighborhoods. Just think you're off the mark on this one and displays a bit of a misunderstanding on your part of current trends and also opens the door to the League's legacy being totally lost, fleeting or otherwise.

Anonymous said...

2:13 makes a bunch of good points. thanks for that post

Anonymous said...

6:41, you sounds like you are the one that ran the place into the ground.

Anonymous said...

I can never understand a church being tax free. Some churches make millions a year. We don't need any more tax free houses with churches, boys town, and more. We need tax money.

Anonymous said...

7:27, why don't you run for office and propose taxing the churches? The fire department could use the money...

I never understood why we tax property. Do you own it or doe the everyone else own it? If you want to support the govenrment then tax people, not property. Funny that some people have no job and pop out babies and every property owner is supposed to pay for their overpriced school, free lunches and free breakfasts.

Anonymous said...

Tell us all about F####ing taxes! Paid so much for at least 40 years! I paid school taxes when I went to highschool. We are sick of the dodges. Rich people who claim so many loop holes that the rest of us suckers end out filling it in. Yes tax everyone!