Friday, February 13, 2009

More city name game

Tuesday night, the city will reportedly entertain its first offer of an exchange of money for naming rights.

The discussion comes just two weeks after the City Council decided that selling naming rights to events and/or unnamed community buildings was an acceptable way to help close the city's budget gap.

I've expressed concerns along the lines of those made by Councilwoman Evelyn Tolbert before casting the lone vote in dissent — that naming city assets for money could endanger some of the city's soul.

Luckily, all naming decisions must be approved by the City Council, according to Councilman Steve Abercrombie.

He also said that he's much more inclined to give the green light to selling sponsorships for events — such as the city basketball league or the Music in the Park series — than, say, something more permanent like the Community Center.

Let's hope the other council members feel the same way.

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