Vote against costly recreation district
To the Editor:
I am writing to voice an opinion on the proposed Recreation District Bond issue. It appears that the organizers have done a very good job in selling this high cost idea. I am encouraging taxpayers of the district to get out and vote against this high cost issue.
We need to remember we are not Summit, Eagle, or Jackson counties. We do not have car dealers, Wal-marts, Target stores and populations of over 30,000. We probably need a recreation center, but I think we should wait until sales taxes can help build it and maintain it. Our recreation district has already proved that it can’t plan or pay for maintenance of our existing facilities.
Has anyone considered starting with a fundraising program like was done with the library? According to recent articles one in 11 Americans is a millionaire, and judging by the number of starter castles being built in the county, we have many of those millionaires. All we need to do is get creative to raise all or part of the rec. center funding.
Unless my eyes deceive me, we have already had two different concession stands that have failed at the fields. If we need a concession stand, how about putting out a request for a proposal for an operator that can build and use the concession stand for free until he pays for it and then he could pay a percentage? After being a softball parent for 10 years, it is hard for me to remember very many complexes that have concession stands.
Spending $1.5 million for flush toilets at a facility that is only used for three months of the year at best is ridiculous. Are we too good to use a sanolet? If we have to have flush toilets, how about a well and septic or holding tank until some developer gets the sewer closer to the fields? We should be able to do this for $80,000-$100,000.
How about a request for proposal for a restaurant operator that could develop the Clubhouse as a real restaurant that could stay open in the winter? Let the operator look at it from the financial and operations side. See if we could find an operator that would at least provide the kitchen equipment and furniture.
As for the irrigation system repairs, if the bond doesn’t pass, I know this kind of maintenance will somehow get funded. This kind of unplanned expense is another reason I don’t have much optimism in the long-term operation of a $13,000,000 Recreation Center.
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