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Hanover Tax Money for New Squirrels Stadium? Not NO but HAWK NO!

My daughter who goes to Hanover High School says the nice way to say “Hell No” is “Hawk No!” (Hanover HS’s mascots are the Hawks) so let me take the word from her and say:  HAWK NO to the plan for ANY Hanover tax money for the new Squirrels stadium.  Here is the Richmond Times-Dispatch article and here are the worrisome paragraphs:

The announcement was silent on how much money Richmond and other surrounding localities might contribute to the effort. However it cites “ongoing discussions among parties that may include the Commonwealth of Virginia, the city of Richmond and other localities, private developers and investors, among others.”

Multiple sources said it’s anticipated that both the city and Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties will contribute, but precisely how much has not yet been determined.

Well, maybe Hanover taxpayers ought to go to the next BOCS meeting (It is October 26, 2016 at 6 pm) and let their elected representatives know that when it comes to taxpayers’ money for a new stadium the answer is:  HAWK NO!  I’ll post on the blog if I can make it.  If so I plan to speak at citizen’s time.

UPDATE:  I corrected the date of the meeting.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

4 Responses to “Hanover Tax Money for New Squirrels Stadium? Not NO but HAWK NO!”

  1. Marion Cauldron says:

    Mr. Sanders:

    Thank you for serving as the voice and champion for fiscal responsibility in Hanover County. The suggestion by economic development authorities that Hanover and Chesterfield Counties build Richmond a stadium is ludicrous. The elected officials are lacking in any financial background . Until last year most Hanover Supervisors lacked any college education. Not a single Hanover County Supervisor has a college degree in Finance. Hanover County doesn’t have a revenue problem but it has a Spending Problem. The budget grows $5 million annually and now exceeds $400 million dollars but no one discusses the more than $161 million in County Municipal Bond Debt hanging over every taxpayer in Hanover County with a population of 103,000.

    With aging schools in need of costly capital improvements and irresponsible residential growth driving the need for new $100 million dollar schools in the future, Hanover County can’t afford the boondoggle of throwing its tax dollars into a new stadium for Richmond which will have ZERO return on investment for Hanover County.

    I urge voters in Hanover to reject the cries from Richmond’s regional economic development authority to issue bonds or invest in Richmond’s stadium for the Flying Squirrels and let me suggest to Richmond that building an $80 million dollar stadium doesn’t FIX your public school problem.

  2. Taxed Enough Already says:

    YES!
    Hanover County needs to get its own house in order before sending Tax Dollars to Richmond.

    Regionalism is a DIRTY Word in Hanover County!

  3. Gabe C. says:

    THANKS SANDY!

    We all remember it was YOU who informed us about the economic Failure of the World Bike Race.
    Hanover County manager Rhu Harris and the Board of Supervisors promised Hanover Tax Payers that their tax dollars for the Bike Race would bring dollars back to Hanover in Hotel and Food taxes.

    Hanover got Nothing—

  4. Dale Taylor says:

    Sandy — you nailed it. Biggest cheerleaders in Hanover for MORE regional government projects is Angela Kelly-Wiecek (Chickahominy supervisor) and Rhu Harris (County administrator) plus a few other supervisors who serve on the Richmond Regional Planning Committee.

    Citizens living in Atlee corridor report that the roads are a deathtrap at rush hour, our schools need badly neglected repairs ($10 M to start with), no raises for teachers and state workers. County debt is already maxed out and the push is for extra local taxing authority which only leads to more wasteful spending, including out of the County.

    Hanover already sends lots of money to Richmond region for tourism, economic development (even though we also pay for our own economic development office) and NOBODY can show me where any return on investment ever hits Hanover’s income line. Just like the bike race that lost money and citizens lost time re-arranging their time and travel. Many workers in downtown left work early to avoid the bike routes –lost productivity and wages.

    That great sucking sound we hear is Hanover tax dollars going into a black hole without any accountability for the money. Can we impeach our elected officials in Hanover?

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