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Doesn't Alpharetta Want Our Money?
April 08, 2014 | 11:12 PM

Are you serious? Don't local residents benefit from the money horse people spend in the community? Doesn't the area get its distinctive flavor from the presence of a thriving horse culture? Without Wills Park and the horse business it supports Alpharetta will be another bland suburb of Atlanta.

More to the point, the money horse people spend in town gives back probably ten fold over the small amount in taxes paid. Thousands of exhibitors travel each year to the site. They stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, and shop (and they pay lots of taxes when they do so). If they are lucky like me in addition to that they get their alternators replaced ($600) at Pep Boys across from the park. (And they were awesome! Thanks for being there!) Moreover, the park is crucial to the economy of the local horse business which is Wills Park is not broken. Don't fix it.

Any economists out there who can total up the number of exhibitors, their hotel, food, and shopping estimates for a weekend of horse showing at Wills? It shouldn't be too hard to get the numbers and an estimate.

How about the rec center getting some riding lessons going at the park? If what they want is more recreational activity it seems strange that they don't with it right there and already built and busy 142 days a year.

Alicia Carroll
Auburn, AL
Coldwell Banker
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