Editorial: Here's hoping soccer association reaches its goal

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

Second, and more importantly for taxpayers, the soccer association plans to pay for construction of the facility with its own money.

The estimated construction cost is $20,000 to $25,000. That’s a huge expense for any nonprofit group.

However, the league plans to raise the money through sponsorships and donations.

League treasurer Bob Hardin came before the Havelock Board of Commissioners during Monday night’s meeting with the concept of a plan. He simply wanted to ask the board for permission to start a campaign to raise money for the facility. After all, it is to be built on city property at the recreation complex.

What he didn’t do was come with hat in hand, seeking a large chunk of money from the city — and by that we mean city taxpayers.

In this day and age when it seems so many want some sort of government handout, the league’s approach to constructing the soccer stadium is refreshing. It’s this kind of thinking that we hope makes residents more likely to support the association’s efforts.

We believe the soccer facility can be a good thing for the city and could serve to draw visitors to the area for tournaments and special events. But what we find appealing is the league’s approach to constructing it.

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