Fraser Rec District recall would save, not cost, taxpayers money
To the Editor:
I feel it is time to clarify a few misunderstandings about the Concerned Citizens and our objectives. This is a condensed version that will abstain from pointing fingers and elaborating on all of the misdeeds.
From the beginning, the election lawsuit filed by Pat Rupert was never about disgruntlement over the outcome of the election. It was about the process of the election. Unfortunately, there is no watchdog agency to monitor the actions of special taxing districts, town councils, or election officials. Therefore, it is up to the patriotic individual who detects wrongdoings to file suit (with their own money) to correct this action.
That being said, blaming Pat for costing the taxpayers $400K is like blaming your broker for a drop in the stock market. That lawsuit was overturned in court because of technicalities, not because the election was deemed to be proper. The judge and the county clerk admitted that ballots were counted that should not have been.
Water under the bridge. At this point, Pat was ready to let it go. However, people like me stood up at a public meeting to express concerns over money, time constraints, deed to the property, etc. Many people called us to express their concerns over budgets, naming rights, and general activity of the board, asking what they can do to help. The torch was lit again.
In one of our first appearances as the Concerned Citizens, I used the word “reverse.” This word could still apply when we show, in court, a conflict of interest, which would void the contract with Grand Park. At this point, the guilty person(s) would be liable for any damage.
Please keep in mind that board members are required by law to obtain a bond to insure themselves against this kind of action. Hence, the recall petition. Once again, Colorado law comes into play and says that a lawsuit must accompany a recall petition. This lawsuit will expose information, previously asked for, but denied, giving us more information to pursue the preferred avenue. Let Grand Park pay for it.
The wording in the deed restrictions indicate that taxpayer dollars are being used for private use. This, of course, is a violation of federal law, which would require the private entity to pay. It also appears that Grand Park has provided itself another generous safety net. The original property donation value, along with improvements, was 2.7 mil., while the final contract stipulates a title insurance policy for 4.2 mil., at our expense. Other problems may still arise with the bonding company, but these would be a result of the board accepting the contract wording that Grand Park insisted on.
THAT would cost the taxpayers the millions that some people think would be a result of the recall. The recall will cost the taxpayers $1.75 per tallied vote. Not signing the petition could cost millions. Our objective is to save the taxpayer dollars and let those that advertise the rec center, as their own, pay for it. The petition is the first step toward this goal.
The recall will not stop the project, or cause financial harm; it will simply allow us to look at other alternatives, but it will hurt some feelings.
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