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Residents should seek to invalidate Fraser rec district election

To the Editor:

How much have your taxes increased on your 2007 real estate tax notice?

Long-time local Pat Rupert has taken the initiative to challenge the legality of procedures that occurred during the November 2007 election. He is taking time from his business as well as incurring expenses to ensure that there should be a new fair election.

There is a bank account for “Citizens Committee for a Fair Election” at the Grand Mountain Bank where the drug store used to be next to Alco that is accepting contributions. If costs are awarded and you have proper documentation of your contribution(s), they may be returned. I don’t understand why the county and/or the state aren’t, of their own initiative, rescinding the election because of the mistakes that were made rather than fight to try to have an illegal election stand.

You have already received your property tax notice and have seen how many more hundreds of dollars you owe for your Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District taxes this year. (I am not really sure how we can be billed for that with a pending lawsuit.)

Think how much this tax increase would cost over the years. The increased taxes WOULD NOT even pay for your use of the facilities of a proposed recreation center. That would cost you even more.

What we are really financing is free publicity/public relations for some real estate endeavors. They now are bragging that they would have a rec center next to or across from their properties. What a coup.

Besides, the proposed rec center would be located in what used to be the crown jewel of our valley, the Maryvale Meadow. Demographic studies by multiple entities show that the proposed location is not where the children of the FVMRD live. The children live downvalley (closer to Red Dirt Hill) and even further downvalley, even out of the district.

The proposed center would only be near some existing and proposed developments that are mainly vacation homes.

I have been a participant in general rec programs practically since the inception of the FVMRD. So, a rec center could be something I would get good use and enjoyment from. In spite of that, I believe this would be the wrong facility in the wrong place.

The proposed budget would operate in the red (debt) for the 10 years FVMRD has projected. The proposed costs for using the proposed rec center are higher than those for existing community facilities, such as pools, gyms, community rooms, etc.

The only thing that is not already available in the community that would be provided by the proposed rec center is the “lazy river” feature. So, we would be in effect paying millions of dollars to have a “lazy river?” We are doing ourselves a disservice.

It would benefit us and OUR community to support Pat Rupert’s effort. Support a new and fair election now, with a small amount of money (contributions to Citizens Committee for a Fair Election bank account), so that we don’t have to pay big for years to come. Think about who would really be getting the most benefit from such a proposed rec center. I do not believe it would be the children of the District.

Melanie Zwick

Winter Park

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