I’ve read with interest the hand-wringing that has gone on in regards to the leadership of the city “ignoring” the BCS stadium for expenditures that have been called a “temple to fiscal waste and utopian ideologies” like the expanded fire and police facilities that are currently under construction at city hall.
Even the staunchest critics of “fiscal waste” should realize that fire and police protection are at the very core of services the city of Berea should provide for citizens. And that utilizing city tax dollars to support athletics programs at Berea Community School, an independent organization with its own leadership through the board of education and its own funding through taxes would be a complete misappropriation of city funds and true fiscal waste.
The city has no business in supporting such limited benefit programs like this, especially when BCS should have its own means of providing athletics facilities for its students. They managed to build their gym without city funds, so why can they not provide the same consideration for their football program?
For those who think it’s a swell idea for the city to foot the bill for BCS athletics, I ask if you also support city tax dollars being used to support the athletics programs at Silver Creek, Farristown, Foley, and Madison Southern? Those schools are also in the Berea city limits and have a number of students that attend them who live within the city limits. So they should be just as worthy of hand-outs for insignificant things such as athletics. What’s good for one is good for the lot of them, right? Except for the part that using city tax dollars for school athletics is absolutely asinine, that is.
Cecil Helton – Berea, KY