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Saturday, September 23, 2023

The Saint Louis County Should Not Be in the Business of Owning Businesses.

Several weeks ago I had a take on the Fenton Recreational Complex that hasn’t turned a profit in years and has cost the citizens of Fenton millions of their tax dollars just to keep the doors open. 

Whenever I give my take on issues like this its dream that elected officials would take notice and use these commentaries gain insight and maybe avoid a bad decision. But not all dreams come true. At least my dream of helping wayward elected officials see the error in their ways won’t come true as long as people like Saint Louis County Councilwoman Rita Days keep making the same mistake that’s already been made by municipalities across the Saint Louis region.

St. Louis County Council Days is currently trying to justify the construction of a $40 million recreation center, but has yet to outline how it makes financial sense for the county and not send tax payers into a downward spiral of debt.

These types of plans should include the what the private sector calls a business model. Or better yet, how about we just leave business enterprises up to actual business.

Paul Curtman is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, an author, conference speaker, and statesman. For nearly 20 years, Paul has helped lead and develop leaders in the United States military, public service sectors, and business. Paul is a strong advocate for personal and economic freedom as well as the strength and integrity of the free market system. He is a Fellow at Club for Growth in Washington D.C. and currently lives in Missouri with his wife, Ruth, and their four children.


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