Friday, October 16, 2015
Scearce: I wish there was a sugar daddy in this town
"I wish there was an independent sugar daddy in this town," Scearce said, The comment came at the conclusion of his interview with Chad Elliot, in which he detailed the history of the city's dealings with the Blasters and the baseball team's request for a restructuring of its contract.
Scearce noted that such an independent sugar daddy, the late John Q. Hammons, was responsible for landing minor league baseball in Springfield.
The situation the city faces is that under the terms of the contract, the Blasters are required to pay $150,000 a year, but they are wanting that amount trimmed to $50,000 a year. If the city agrees, then Joplin taxpayers would end up subsidizing a private business to the tune of $100,000 annually.
"I would love for the Blasters to stay," Scearce said, "but I don't believe there is any way we can restructure the contract without the city subsidizing it."
The primary reason the City Council voted to enter into an agreement with the Blasters in the first place was what Scearce described as a "flawed" report commissioned by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.
The report included the economic impact of a plaza retail shopping area with loft apartments, a plan that fell through almost immediately. Scearce pointed out that one problem with such surveys is that the people who are doing the survey find out the end result the employer is hoping for and steer the report in that direction.
Part one of KZRG Interview
Part two of KZRG Interview