Gambling won’t help city
Why, if the national average for a city our size is 34 firefighters, do we have to have 51 when we can’t afford them? I do not believe the average person realizes that $78 a year could be coming next year through the garbage and sewer bills. What is our problem? Poor management, can’t budget, or is there a special agenda we do not see?
I remember when many pushed against off-track betting and losing that round, only to see after 16 years the Danville Inn and Convention Center become an eyesore. From what I read, the city received only $70,000 out of the $7 million brought in a year and then it went bust. Could that be right? That was real prosperity.
Now officials want to bring in a river boat casino. The CEO of GLPI (Gaming and Leisure Properties) made $6,454,378 in total compensation in 2012. They recently bought the St. Louis Casino Queen. Do you think East St. Louis is going to “prosper” or the GLPI? Has that city really gotten any better in the years since casinos brought money into their coffers?
I would think after off-track betting failed, the city of Danville would have learned to look elsewhere for seeing Danville prosper than bringing in a river boat and ruining our city’s reputation.
Kudo’s to the award for Downtown Danville looking good through the efforts of sprucing up downtown. To me that is the type of recognition and leadership that will bring increase.