Glanville: The trouble with middle of the road

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What a week.

First, I hear and then read about a task force investigating the condition of our swimming pool at Moffat County High School, and then I’m assaulted by the lack of decision making from some members of the Moffat County Tourism Association.

Apparently the school is built atop a natural spring that’s causing serious rust problems with the pool’s aluminum frame, and the 15-year-old plastic liner installed to protect the frame has exceeded its life by five years and is now brittle and becoming susceptible to tearing.

Also noted by the task force was the void under the southeast corner of the pool, making it un-level, and the possible $200,000 to $1 million repair bill.

If the pool can be repaired, not quick-fixed, at the low end of the estimate, we, Moffat County residents, are faced with a $122,853 bill.

School district finance director Mark Rydberg feels the “pool is fixable, it’s just the resources needed are scarce.” That may or may not mean we’re looking at the high end of the estimate, which minus the $77,147 operating budget, leaves us short $992,285.

Why in the name of wasted water would the school district allot less than 10 percent of a bill that could reach $1 million?

Surely they’ve known about this problem for some time and possibly discussed it in budget meetings. If that’s the case, why “table it” and set forth with hand out looking for one?

School district employees who have kept our pool open should be congratulated for a job that, at first glance, seems impossible, but they’ve managed to do it.

On the other hand, I am embarrassed that an existing problem, which apparently needs immediate attention, is pushed to one side so a decision about the pool can be weighed one way or another.

This brings us to the Moffat County Tourism Association and the lack of some members making a decision regarding the proposed 6.9-percent lodging tax.

If part, or maybe all, of your job description is promoting tourism in Moffat County and this tax, which will also effect our visitors, will help pay for the county’s promotional bills, why not be for it?

Worrying over what someone might think or say about which side you chose is redundant (my big word for the week). What’s needed is for you, the undecided members, is to stand up and pick a side.

If you’re one of those rare people who bases your stay in another town on the town’s tax base and you’re worried our hunters and visitors will drive to the next town over seven cents, then be against it. If not, stand behind the Craig City Council’s proposed tax measure and help get it passed.

I know my political correctness, like some of my people skills, are non-existent, but my common sense is screaming for all the involved people to quit skipping down the middle of the road and do something.

And finally

Much to my surprise, my columns are now in the Monday and Friday editions of the Craig Daily Press. To all who have made this column what it’s become, I thank you.

When Jane quits laughing, I’m sure she’ll thank you, too.

Hey, you be careful out there.

Comments

justthefacts 4 years, 2 months ago

Comment: Right on Righteous Brother of comment!!!

Fact: The schools have had problems with the swimming pool for at least 20 years.

Fact: Every time the schools want money they threaten the community with closing the pool.

Fact: If the School system would have budgeted a little each year over the past 15 years that they have been crying wolf, the money would be there to fiix the problems now!!!

Fact: No forethought !!!!

Fact: The MCTA just needs to go!!!! ( No thoughts there whatsoever)

Fact: Wrong!!! Bryce had a thought, Commissioner Danner Dannered it !!!!!

Comment: Good call Neil, It's about the tourism __ !!! (FILL IN THE BLANK).

JUST THE RIghteous FACTS

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lonelyone 4 years, 2 months ago

If I remember correctly, and I'm not saying I do, the school has had problems with the swimming pool since the year the high school openned. And another thing, I got to looking at vacations homes in warmer climates....a friend sent me the website, and some of those homes came with a 16.75% tax which I would think is their tourism tax. Another wanted an extra 5% if you were using a credit card to pay for the rental. Both of those can run into alot of extra money but if I really wanted to get out of Craig for a bit during one of our cold and snowy winters, I'd pay it for a bit of warmth and sunshine. So why would we think that the people who come here in hopes of getting "the big one" with a huge set of antlers, wouldln't be willing to pay 6.9%?

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greenie52 4 years, 2 months ago

lonelyone, The 6.9% tax that they want to pass is an increase which will bring the lodging tax over 14%, the people that want this raised are not telling the people the truth if this passes and as far as the hunters go they pay alot to hunt here and if you haven't noticed since hunting season is here the price of gas has gone up.

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greenie52 4 years, 2 months ago

Neal, i would like to know on this new lodging tax where you come up with 7 cents, this tax wiil cost tourists alot more the 7 cents. If this passes ( which i'm sure it will, because the city council is not telling the people the truth on the total amoutn of tax) the lodging tax will be around 14 %.

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ChrisJones 4 years, 2 months ago

Greenie52, To clarify, the total lodging tax will not be 14.05%. The lodging tax is only 6.9% (up from the current lodging tax of 1.9%). The remainder of the 14.05% is derived from city (2.25%), state (2.9%) and county (2.0%) sales taxes. The total tax is 14.05%. The lodging tax is 6.9% of that amount. The rest is sales tax.

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