State Fair move would cost $190 million | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 17, 2011

State Fair move would cost $190 million

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I just don't get it. The State Fair and Livestock Commission keeps studying and talking about moving the state fairgrounds from Little Rock, generally somewhere along I-40 and I-440 between North Little Rock and Jacksonville.

But why? Again today the commission was told it would be crazy expensive to move there — maybe $190 million — but produce a relative pittance in new revenue, $1 million or so.

There was once some thought that federal money — perhaps buried in the pork-laden Agriculture Department — could be dug up to finance such a move. In the era of the Tea Party, it seems hard to fathom. Beware: Discussion today included the dreaded "public-private partnership" option. This is where the public is asked to swallow a tax increase to pay for a new facility, such as at Verizon Arena, and private interests benefit from its skyboxes or as an advertising opportunity. The dreaded "economic development" card was also played. Holy though these words usually are, what development there is in moving a fair from one location in the county to another would have to be marginal in nature.

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas Times Recommends: A Literary Edition

    Arkansas Times Recommends is a series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week.
    • Jul 1, 2016
  • Two plead in fraud of sheriff's office

    A former employee of the Pulaski County sheriff and a North Little Rock woman who sold goods to the sheriff's office have pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to steal from the sheriff's office, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Federal judge reprimands John Goodson for misconduct in class-action case

    John Goodson  — the Texarkana attorney, D.C. lobbyist, and husband of Arkansas State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson — was reprimanded today by a federal judge for his conduct in a class-action case.
    • Aug 3, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation