To the editor:
We have been reading about these proposals for a possible recreation center.
All we can say is, what are you thinking? Wasn't this voted down by the people?
Recently we read that Mr. Wilensky blames long winters for the reason children can't be kept out of trouble. It is a fact that the control of these children is solely the responsibility of their parents, period. Not the city, the county, the state or the federal government, just the parents. And if these parents feel the need for a rec. center, then they should pay for it.
Mr. Smith thinks we should impose a sales tax to pay for this facility. There are many more things our tax dollars should be used for: the roads, sidewalks, schools, water and sewer systems. These are the things that benefit the entire community instead of just a portion of it. All of these things will require repair and upgrade. This, we think, would benefit the overall community much more than another permanent tax liability.
We have to agree wholeheartedly with Lynne Herring. She said, "Right now with my income as it is, I have to decide between play or food, heat or play. I don't want to spend any more taxes on play. This is a great idea, and I'd love to have it for my kids, but let's pay for it before we get it." What an intelligent statement!
We have nothing against a rec. center. We are just tired of paying for every pipedream that comes along. If a rec. center is so important to these people, then they should go out and raise this money themselves.
The fund-raising activities for this should have started years ago when it was first voted down. Perhaps by now, there would have been enough to get a government loan, which would be paid back solely by the fees garnered from the center.
We were told that the city of Steamboat Springs paid for their rec. center by placing a surcharge on each motel room rented. If each hotel/motel has the same surcharge, say $3 per room night. The money would add up quickly, and it would not be a hardship on anyone living here. There would be no extra taxes, and those who want it could get their rec. center. After it was built, the surcharge could either be dropped or a fund started for the next project.
Another option is lottery money. This money is slated for recreation, and we consider it to be free money.
Selling bonds is another option; then those who choose to participate in the bond purchase can do so and those not interested in it are not subjected to another expense they don't want.
Cake sales, bake sales, car washes, rummage sales, band concerts, auctions of donated items, to name a few are other ways of raising capital. These provide voluntary, not mandated, participation, as it should be.
Allen J. Hischke Dale L. Tritz Craig