Fraser Rec District recall election invites financial ruin
To the Editor:
I have noticed that the group of so-called “concerned citizens” appears to be moving forward with their efforts to recall three board members of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. Soon they may be trying to get people to sign the petitions that, with enough signatures, could launch a recall vote.
Such a recall would be bad news for the citizens of the Fraser Valley mainly because it would do nothing more than cost the taxpayers extra money and result in the loss of a valuable future asset.
The so-called “concerned citizens” have stated publicly that their goal is to “reverse” the recreation center and “reverse” the bond vote that passed in November of 2007. Such moves would be very costly and counterproductive.
Stopping the rec center in, say, January (the earliest a possible recall vote could put new members on the board) would result in the loss of at least $6 million of work that will have been completed on the rec center by then. That doesn’t even take into consideration the loss of a $4.3 million donation of the land.
But that’s only part of the loss. The district taxpayers would still have to pay back that $6 million in 2017 and get nothing in return for that payback. Also, the district would have to make up for interest that could be earned on that $6 million. That would be considerable also.
Then there’s the likelihood of lawsuits against the district in the future from the majority who voted for the bond vote and rec center in 2007. And then there’s the complete loss of reputation for the district and the Fraser Valley as this recall board would be ignoring the promise of the voters in 2007.
So, signing a recall petition means you are in favor of the loss of $6-7 million, future lawsuits and a severely damaged reputation. The recall is a bad idea and it will do nothing more than cost the taxpayers extra money and extra hassle.
Refuse the recall. Don’t sign a recall petition.
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