That the City Council of University Place (UP) is considering marijuana (MJ) is not unlike adding NaOCl to C3H80. It’s an explosive mix not a financial fix.
According to reporter Brynn Grimley’s Tacoma News Tribune (TNT) article (Sept.20), “City Attorney Steve Victor previously recommended the council overturn its 2-year-old ban on the sale, production and processing of marijuana in the city. Victor cited the economic benefit of the businesses, saying the additional tax revenue would help the cash-strapped city that is eliminating its recreation programming next year to help fill a projected $1 million budget gap.”
That’s what the City of Fife and the City of Lakewood said with regards a similar addictive influence: gambling.
In return the tribe would help balance the city’s budget.
But this past August 21, the story of the plight of the City of Fife was told in the TNT, Fife fearful of being unable to fund infrastructure for failing to fork over the numbers reflecting the frequency with which the city delivered services to the tribes’ nearby Emerald Queen Casino.
Nearly $1.2 million.
Meanwhile Lakewood is reporting “major operating revenues down last year” due, in part, to decreased “cardroom activity.”
Last year’s shortfall?
$1,353,769, (pp.12, 13 and 15).
What shall we say of a city that is a contributor to, a facilitator of, addiction?
Pity the city whose means of making money depends on the addiction of its people.