BRANSON, MO (04/05/18) - A few Branson community members came to the special study session to hear questions and answers to the proposed multi-million dollar adventure park that a local family is wanting to build.
The Branson Board of Alderman has been advised by the Tax Commission to approve the $446 million project. And after speaking with multiple people in the community they told Fox 5 they were against it because of the TIF the city is facing.
“I don’t think that we need to have a TIF to have a new project," says Branson resident Rene Eubanks. "I think a business should be its own and they should take care of their own business.”
If the board passses the TIF the total incremental city revenues will be approximately $138 million. This will cover the city sales tax, tourism sales tax, and tourism enhancement tax.
Eubanks says the people of Branson shouldn’t have a TIF placed on them and that this could cause more crime because the project will bring workers that stay in extended stay hotels where crime is high.
But for the local family that’s developing the adventure park they say that Branson has to change if it wants to keep being a tourism Meca.
“I’m 27-years-old and people my age and younger aren’t going to come and necessarily do the same things that the older generation like to do," says James Cushman, son of tourism park developer. "We need to have newer and more exciting things for them to come and take part in.”
And when it comes to the TIF, Cushman says that it’s just extra revenue that’s not there already. "The goal is to let the tourists experience the true Ozarks and the natural beauty that it has.” Leaving Eubanks saying they should, "Scale down, have a smaller project, and then the people don’t have to pay.”
Now, the Board of Alderman is scheduled to vote in early May.