When a friend emailed me about Niagara County Legislator Jason Cafarella's resolution to formally support relocating of the Buffalo Bills to Niagara County should the team leave Orchard Park, my email response was "that has to be the most moronic piece of legislation I've ever seen out of the Legislature". Is this really what you've been reduced to, Jason?
The Buffalo Bills will NEVER move to Niagara County. But, for fun let's play along. First off, where will the team play? I know there are some pretty decent stadiums in the county, but I don't think any of them can accommodate 70,000 people. And if there are any that can, I don't think there are any with luxury suites. So let's build a stadium! To give us an idea of the cost, we'll use Dallas. The Cowboys new stadium, which will open next year, will cost about $1.3 billion. Yes, that would be billion. Based on our tax rate, if each $650,000 equates to a 1% increase in the tax levy, taxes in Niagara County would go up about 2,000 times the current amount we pay just to fund just the stadium. Not a good starting point.
That stadium expense would be on top of the nearly $1 billion it will cost the new owner to buy the team from Ralph Wilson's heirs.
Erie County is on the hook for about $8 million per year to the Bills for expenses such as stadium renovations, so with a new stadium, we wouldn't have that expense, so there's a savings.
Seriously, this is such a ludicrous idea, I'm already sick of it. Stop with the bullshit feel-good resolutions and propose something substantive. If you can't think of anything, get the hell out.