Letter to the Editor: Civic and Aquatic Center versus Parks – Really?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

To the Editor:

Please check out the numbers below. They are taken from the May 20th City Council packet with the single exception of more current housing numbers.

  • The Civic and Aquatics Center will add $16 per month to the taxes of the median home.
  • The recommended and significantly reduced park improvements would add $4 per month.
  • Putting both on the ballot will allow us, to choose one or both. 28% of respondents have already indicated they prefer both.  (I’m one of them.)
  • Aren't the survey’s results too close for the City Council to deny taxpayers a choice? I believe taxpayers have the right to choose.
  • City Council is seriously considering withholding the vote the option to improve parks until who knows when.
  • If you don't like Council denying your right to choose, then please tell them.
Boni Biery


Nancy Morris,  July 25, 2019 at 2:11 PM  

I agree with Boni. Also I was shocked that the Parks were hardly acknowledged as important by the majority of the Council. Parks are especially important and more so than a new swimming facility, which quite frankly in my opinion, should be a county supported investment to spread out the costs. My property taxes are increasing far more than $16.00/month and in addition there are the increases by the county assessor. For more on the value of green spaces, our parks, go to a recent article by 'Outside Magazine.' One can google "The Nature Cure: Inside the health Revolution that could change your life."

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