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Figure misrepresented in Grand Lake Rec District article

I am writing in regards to the article published on Dec. 20, titled “Grand Lake Recreation Shake up: District’s coordinator position eliminated.”

As a board member of the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District, I would not generally respond to an article. However, I do find it necessary in this instance to point out an inaccuracy printed in the article.

According to a quote by Board President John Gould, “The recreation district will save about $35,000 in 2008 by outsourcing the marketing and restructuring of McBride’s position.”

I am not sure how my colleague came to the number, but it is unfortunately wrong and grossly mis-represented.

Many things changed between the Nov. 9, 2007 budget where the restructuring was proposed, and the final budget adopted on Dec. 11, 2007.

These changes affected reductions in expenses across all departments, including General Recreation, Marketing, General Administration, the Touring Center, Pro-Shop and the Restaurant, which led to the budget that we have today.

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Unfortunately, Mr. Gould failed to point out that the restructuring of McBride’s position saved the district only $3,699 while also decreasing the district revenue by $1,750.

The total in net changes across every department of the GLMRD was $36,182.

Apparently, tenure is cheap these days.

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly.

Jeremy Kennell

Grand Lake

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