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Nixon Olivia Nixon Elizabeth Chamberlain English 134 19 November 2009 Arena for the Future Sacramento: The City of Trees, Sac-town, California’s capital. This city may be hurting in the current recession, but it is also thriving with a projected growth in population of 73% by 2020 (“Appendix G”, 11). Sacramento is home to The Sacramento International Airport, NBA franchise Kings, WNBA franchise Monarchs, California Capital Buildings, California Railroad Museum, Triple-A baseball team The Sacramento River Cats, Cal Expo, and countless other attractions. This metropolitan area housed an estimated 2.1 million people in 2008 (“Table 1”). This city is the heart of California, a center of government, a hub for entertainment, and has a high “quality of life” for its residents. A world-class city such as Sacramento deserves to have a new, state of the art entertainment arena to host a variety of events and house a variety of sports teams. No matter how it is funded, no matter its location, and no matter its size, a new arena must be built in Sacramento soon and must be supported by the Sacramento people. In our current economic state of recession, an entirely publicly funded arena, (resulting in a probable increase of taxes) could eventually lead to the further demise of the Sacramento economy. However, the tax increase that was proposed in the November 2006 elections, under Measure R, was so small it would not have greatly affected the economy. An increase of ¼% of sales tax was proposed in Measure R, a small amount in comparison to say an increase in property or income taxes (“Measure R”). If passed, this measure was projected to generate an estimated $1.2 billion dollars (over the course of 15 years) to be spent on important local
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Nixon priorities such as the transit system, street improvements, after school programs, law enforcement and fire safety enhancements, park improvements, libraries, and much more. If Measures Q had been passed along with Measure R, half of the money generated would have been guaranteed to be spent on civil service rather than the building of a new, community-owned sports and entertainment arena (“Measure Q”). The money from Measure R was likely to contribute to the building of a new arena but it also would have helped make some necessary improvements throughout Sacramento County. These measures would have helped the Sacramento County Government achieve it’s vision of, “be[ing] the most livable community with the highest quality of public service” (“Mission”). By increasing “high priority services and ‘quality of life’ services” Measures R and Q would have improved the living environment for all Sacramento County residents (“Measure R”). Unfortunately, the controversial Measures R and Q did not pass in 2006, which indicates
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