Remember, in addition to paranoid, these folks are also liars
This is not a scam to build an arena. It's a chance to undo some of the damage that was inflicted when I-747 was reinstated.
If the City Council wanted to blow public money they have a lot easier ways of doing it than this. Not to mention the public outrage, lawsuits, etc, that would occur.
The current levy system is inefficient, empowers the wrong people, and has starved our parks of money. Fuck it.