Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is about to prove that you can renovate an NFL stadium without using public money….
In return for paying for the renovations, Ross would like to get $4 million in annual tax relief, according to the Miami Herald.
Oooookay, then. Maybe somebody else has something to add here — yes, you in the back, NBCMiami?
“You tell Mr. Ross I said ‘thank you’ because I don’t want to pay any more taxes,” fan Kevin Scott said.
But, but… Seriously, people understand that the government doesn’t just take the money you pay in taxes and roll around in it, Scrooge McDuck-style, right? If Miami-Dade County gives up the $3.8 million a year in property taxes it gets from Ross, it has two, and only two, choices: 1) Spend $3.8 million a year less on something else, or 2) Raise taxes to make up the difference. Either way, Kevin Scott is going to have to give up something, unless he doesn’t live in Miami-Dade, in which case I don’t know why he’s complaining about taxes in the first place.
But seriously, this guy must have something more to his reasoning, right?
“If he’s going to spend that type of money, he deserves to get the tax breaks,” Scott said.
Sigh. Well, that’s a different argument, anyway. Still wrong — and it makes me want to try demanding a kickback of sales taxes on all the money I spend in the Brooklyn economy — but at least different.