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Think twice before signing Fraser Rec District recall petition

To the Editor:

People inclined to sign Fraser Rec Board recall petitions might want to think twice before signing their allegiance to a group that has goals that are changing, unclear and, ultimately, destructive and expensive.

First, the “concerned citizen” of one, Pat Rupert, urged a “no” vote on the rec district bond projects. But the bond vote passed and the “concerned citizen” got angry and he sued. Then he lost his suit. In the first six months the “group” has gone from being against the bond vote to being against the election itself to then being against the courts.

Then, in June and July, the so-called “concerned citizens” are against the contract with Cornerstone Holdings (Grand Park). Then that changes and they are against the location of the rec. center. Then, in another change, the “concerned citizens” state in a public meeting (August 2008) that their goal is to “reverse” the rec center and “reverse” the bond vote.

Then suddenly the so-called “concerned citizens” state they are against three of the directors on the rec board and they start a recall effort because those three signed a contract with Cornerstone that gave the district $4.6 million in land and infrastructure for the rec center.

Then, in yet another change in direction, the group says it would not hinder construction (after saying in August it would “reverse” the rec center) but would rather “make Clark Lipscomb … pay for the Grand Park Recreation Center.”

What in the world, one could reasonably ask, does this group intend to do if elected to the board? Take your pick. But rest assured it will change again and it won’t be good for the pocketbooks of taxpayers. Pat Rupert has already cost all of us $410,000.

Reversing work on the rec center and the Pole Creek Clubhouse will cost the district more than $7 million and would leave the taxpayers with a useless assets for which they would already have paid at least $6 million.

I can’t wait to see what the newest goal of the “concerned citizens” will be. But one unstated goal is clear: They will cost taxpayers in the Fraser Valley a whole lot of money which will hit Fraser Valley tax bills with emphasis.

I say refuse this costly, ambiguous and changing recall effort. Don’t sign a petition.

Susan B. Rhodes

Winter Park

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