Skip to comments.City Hikes Boy Scouts' Rent by $199,999 over Gay Ban (Philadelphia)
Posted on 10/18/2007 9:41:25 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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You'd think that a city that averages a murder a day would have better things to worry about.
I would like to see my city offer them a new headquarters at their previous rental rate.
Again, no private organization, no matter their agenda, should get Free Land from the Tax Payer.
Not the Boy Scouts
Not the Girl Scouts
The article didn’t say anything about “free office space”. The BSA built the “landmark” building on city land. I guess the city should look at reimbursing the BSA for the building should they kick them off the land.
It pays to carefully read the article in question and as far as the “welfare” comments go... Do you contribute to the BSA? You apparently seem to have forgotten that millions of dollars of BSA funds have been wasted fighting all of the lawsuits filed against the BSA.
As usual, the BSA improves the land provided to them for beneficial use then get kicked out afterwards.
SM and proud dad of a Boy Scout.
Agree..same thing with Scouts has happened here in
San Diego-.....Why the people in power don’t stand up
for an organization(?) with all the rights and patriotic
rules, that is essential for our nation, and our young
men’ is worrisome by all real Americans....Are we all
just gonna bow to the attacks by people who want to
kill us??..by weakening our way of life?? JK
“The land belongs to the City of Philadelphia but has been leased since 1928 for that token sum to the scouts, who built the landmark Beaux Arts building”
Scouts should demand “replacement value” for the building(Lawsuit)
Please...they need to charge the current rent for that huge place. I would say 12,000 a month would be about right for that area and size of the building. One dollar is stealing from the tax payers (I am not one by the way for that city).
The LAND is the city’s, but the BUILDING belong to the Scouts.
Your talking about Philidelphia here. The former cradle of liberty is now the cradle of socialism. It is run by a bunch of leftist, socialist, stalinist, democrats. Remember the vote "count" in the last election for president. If not for the "City of Brotherly Love" Pa. would have gone for bush. Same in most all "blue" states. The big cities in most of them have turned into welfare socialist enclaves. It is a lost cause.
“The BSA built the landmark building on city land. I guess the city should look at reimbursing the BSA for the building should they kick them off the land”
They should relocate to a friendlier community and let Philly continue to rot.
The reason they call it Boy Scouts is because the people they serve are boys-- boys who are stuck in Philadelphia by circumstances of their family's living arrangements and, thus, unable to relocate anywhere.
Yes, I'd like the city out of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. But I'd like even better to remove the vermin infesting the city so it would become liveable again.
What the B.S.A. should do is bring a discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit, for starters. It sounds like they have grounds for both.
It is fairly common for a governmental entity to rent land at a nominal fee (usually $1.00 a year) when the community (including its politicians) wants to give a conspicuous location in the public square to an organization.
Even if the Scouts decided to pay the rent, this is just the beginning of the effort to drive them out.
Personally, I hope they either demolish the building or take it apart and relocate it to a piece of land (outside of Philadelphia) that they own.
The first sentence in the (poorly-written) article says the building is city-owned. If the scouts own it, I stand corrected. That still doesn’t change my opinion on the below-market rent of government land by a private organization.
So therefore, every non-profit organization in Philadelphia should get free land from the city.
So churches that qualify as tax exempt should be paying “fair market value” as well? The BSA provides a valuable service to the community, you could call it a barter system but you seem to be quite contrarian in your opinion of that.
I may not agree, but as a private organization, the Boy Scouts should be able to admit whomever they wish.
OTOH, as a private organization, what makes them entitled to free government office space?
The benefits from the Boy Scouts more than make up what the city would collect in rent.
The article is confusing. It starts out calling it a “city-owned building.” Then later it mentions the Scouts built the building on city-owned land. Did they build it and give it to the city?
The BSA essentially has a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in place. If they find out a scout is gay, he will be asked to leave. Same for a leader.
excerpt: “Romulo L. Diaz Jr., the first openly gay appointee for Philadelphia city solicitor, never thought about hiding his sexual orientation when his appointment was announced last week.
“I know who I am, and I’m confident about who I am, which includes my sexual orientation,” Diaz told PGN. “And, frankly, I don’t want to be a member of any club that doesn’t accept who I am.”
The city of Brotherly Love?
Come one...say it ain’t so!
SO the new rent proposed breaks down to 16,666.66 per month. I wonder if all those 6’s had anything do do wiht determining the value of the rent.
Come on BSA...get out of the entitlement handout scenario. many churches are providing your space at the local level at no charge. This alone should allow ou to buy a steel building in a BSA-friendly community and never have to deal with the “brotherly love” crowd any more!
Young people are not working yet and the community at that time must have thought is was a good thing to do with their youth so they didn’t become juveniles delinquent.
It was an excellnet investment!
In those days cynics like you were rare!
How do you think most of the western US was settled? Free land.
...nobody ridests for freests!
No churches, temples and mosques are tax exempt organizations however, unlike the Boy Scouts religious organizations do not receive free land.
Yes, they SHOULD move from Philly and take their building with them:
The last time I checked downtown Philly was not the Western US in the 19th century.
Good should the Scouts leave they should blow up the building!
These Boy Scout families will not now be able to afford health insurance for their children.
Rent control in Philly, like other jurisdictions, only applies to residential leases.
” I am not sure the Scouts need to be 200k a year but One Dollar is ridiculous. The Scouts do not need to be receiving Welfare from the city. Raise the rent.”
Well, thinking that the “subsidy” to the BSA comes back as the world’s best bargain in social services, compared to most of the gov’t programs.
Why should womens shelters, community clubs, Sports clubs etc etc etc. There's a very long list that get "free" land/building use from cities. Screw them all I say, especially sports clubs. They suck hundreds of millions out of the cities...Screw them all, why should tax payers subsidize privately owned franchises, owned by rich elitists who rake in countless millions from them. They can pay their own way, pay rent, build their own stadiums, pay for the roads and sewer services, the policing, and everything else they burden the city's taxpayers with.
But I'll bet they would rent the space to homosexual organizations for the original $!/year amount.
The Scouts could still meet someplace else while they litigate this building/land problem.
Why should they be charged any more than the average rate the city charges other groups for rent?
Many Churches ALL READY DO offer their facilities, cynic!
Philadelphia, the City of Murderous Thugs.
Philadelphia has always been corrupt and unsafe but lately they also want to become a mecca for rump rangers.
Do you understand commercial real estate?
If a tenant improves a landlord's property the improvements become the property of the landlord.
“Again, no private organization, no matter their agenda, should get Free Land from the Tax Payer.
Not the Boy Scouts
Not the Girl Scouts”
Nor the U.S. Military.
Fidel is closely watching so he can push us out of Gitmo. He only gets $10 a year.
Let me underline this as a common occurrence across the nation. This is exactly the same thing that happened to the Scout facilities in San Diego. The scouts spent millions of dollars to improve the facility that is open to other organizations on a first-come/first-serve basis a fair part of the year.
There was a lawsuit by a family of athiests as I recall who have never even tried to use the facility - and they forced the city to order the scouts out or pay “fair market” rent for the property.
Understand that the scouts received the property with the understanding that they would make improvements to the property, and would receive a break on the lease because of the money they have put into the property to make the improvements.
Also note that San Diego has other similar arrangements with the Girl Scouts and other organizations. The BSA is specifically being targeted because of their requirement of being spiritual.
I imagine that Phili had a similar arrangement, i.e. you make improvements to the property on your dime in liu of rent. Now they renig on the agreement. I assume this gives the scouts the right to tear down the building as they leave? Serve the city right!
Then you may need to look into the fact that they did not receive “free land”. How do you think this country was settled before real estate laws and land ownership?
Practically every building on the Eastern Seaboard built during the colonial eras were built on “free land”.
The BSA improved the land at their cost, maintained the building at their cost, paid for utilities at their cost and now the city wants to capitalize on the BSA’s investment for the last 80 years.
There are private parties in Southern California that are hosting the Scouts on their property to put them out of reach of the shrill leftists that seek to run them off any use of "public" property. The Scouts (and their parents) are taxpayers too.
As a resident of San Diego, I had to cover the costs of law enforcement used at gay pride parades. That expense far exceeds any support the Scouts received from the city. The gay loving city council is blind to that detail.
Do you always end your sentences with name calling, jerk?
None should be getting free rent from the tax payer.
Shh! Let them read it on their own. It's so fun to watch their little heads explode.
At the same time it's better for Scouting to leave Philadelphia than that it be allowed to be taken over by the homosexual lobby.
I’m quite aware of that, my own church does. Why would the City of Philadelphia (Brotherly Love?) be any different.
I didn't know that. So, the city is breaking its agreement with the Boy Scouts because city officials are intolerant toward the BSA's religious views.
What a revolting hell hole Philadelphia has become.