Letter to the Editor: Maintaining our home - Shoreline

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

To the Editor:

Neighbors — please VOTE YES on Proposition 1. Shoreline is not just my home, it’s ours. Owning a home takes maintenance and investment. If we do nothing, it falls apart, loses value, and the larger neighborhood loses desirability. We have happily invested in our house, not just to maintain its value, but to avoid the deterioration that complacency brings. If the roof leaks, the gutters are falling off, and the plumbing doesn’t work, our house’s value (and our pride) are lost. Likewise, we Shoreliners must invest in our city to maintain the quality of life that makes our homes not only more valuable, but worth living in. Our responsibility doesn’t stop at the curb, our community is worth the investment.

We have owned our house within our Shoreline “home” for over twenty years — we have raised 3 kids here. Our boys played baseball at Richmond Highlands Recreation Center, they all played soccer at Hillwood, and they were safe in our parks. Our daughter has a home here, and our granddaughter has even sung karaoke in one of our parks! It’s been a great life — not just because of my own home, but because of the beautiful larger home that it sits in.

In our twenty-four years living and owning in Shoreline, we have made the necessary investments not only to maintain our community, but to improve it. The schools, the roads, the transformation of Aurora and the competent city planning have assured that all our families enjoy activities, safety, and solid community values far into the future.

Please vote YES on Proposition 1. Maintain Shoreline home values now and for our children.

Patric and Bonnie Brayden


Anonymous,  October 16, 2019 at 5:17 PM  

Vote NO! Not all of us are as well off as your family. Some of us struggle to pay our bills and save to send our own kids to college. I always vote for school levy's and individual park levies, but I can't afford $240-$450 a year extra for the next 20 years for a stupid pool. What happens when the economy goes into the crapper again and we are asked to raise taxes again for schools, police, and parks? Some of us will have to say NO to those needed levies due to this wasteful "aquatics center".

Kenrick October 16, 2019 at 9:44 PM  

Your arguments sound like they are more in favor of voting NO to proposition 1 since you emphasize that we need to maintain and and invest in current equipment and structure. Making sure that we keep the current rec center, pool and fields.

Voting YES to proposition 1 would be more equivalent to have you demolish you home and rebuild a new one.

Anonymous,  October 16, 2019 at 9:48 PM  

I currently pay more towards "the city" per year in taxes than I am able to put into maintenance in my own home. Now you want us to shell out another $400 a month to pay for city stuff, no thank you. VOTE NO on this moneygrab.

john cole,  October 17, 2019 at 5:28 PM  

The city has 18 mil still to pay on the lease-buy-out for city hall. There is absolutely no way to understand the defeasement (pay-out) moves made during Chris Roberts's term as mayor. Further, at a Kellog Mid Schl explanatory meeting, the woman running the meeting said there would be replacement of nearly all remaining primary schools over the next ten years. I don't believe the 250/yr figure either. Unless the city figures houses will increase in price ad infinitum, in which case we'll all be paying well over the 250 figure based on the current median. (It's of a piece w/ the mayor's assertion LLR trains will depart Shoreline for downtown every 4 mins) If Eyeman's initiative passes, you can tack on another 200 or so per annum. So there's a case to be made we'll be looking at another 800-1000 per tax lot 3-4 years from now. And that doesn't touch the pension problem, wherein the risk free annuity assumption is 7 1/2%. I'm fond of saying even though I'm regarded as old, there's still plenty of challange left. The whole city council voted for this. And I think Scully is easily the best of the bunch. And what he said!

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