- Our politicians are getting their priorities mixed up.
- If government wants to build a tax-exempt fitness facility, taxpayers are forced to fund it, including annual operating shortfalls & ongoing capital improvements.
- Fitness is a good and useful business. We don’t need to subsidize it by getting the government involved.
- Studies prove nearly 90% of the taxpayers will not use this fitness facility.* That’s a huge waste of precious tax dollars.
- A government fitness facility will hurt every existing fitness club & studio. These small businesses pay taxes and a park district fitness facility will not.
- A government health club will also prevent new taxpaying fitness clubs from entering the market and paying taxes.
- This stifles the growth of our tax base, and therefore will eventually raise taxes for the average taxpayer.
- Government has no business being in the fitness business.
- Our politicians should focus on more pressing concerns.
- Government should stay out of businesses that are provided by taxpaying industries.
*The survey firm American Sports Data reports that only about 13% of Americans belong to a fitness club or fitness center. When a government fitness facility duplicates services already offered by tax-paying health clubs, then taxpayers are bearing costs for services that nearly 90% of them will not use.