Allen Hischke: A rec center, really?

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To the editor:

I was just rereading the city candidate debate that was held here a short time ago. Included in that story is the following line: "noting a recreation center was the only significant project not yet complete. Several others called for the building of a rec center."

I am not saying that having a rec center would not be a nice thing, but we need to look closely at the recent use tax introduced by the city council. The city council said that if the use tax is not approved that some services may need to be cut.

That being the case, how can anyone running for any office in the city of Craig, honestly ask for a use tax and, at the same time, try to tell the community that the city has the money to spend millions of dollars on a rec center? A rec center that will require a lot of money to maintain and keep open.

If the city does have this much extra cash lying around, why are they asking for more taxes? And if they do not have the cash in hand, how can they propose such a thing as building a rec center?

I believe that attempting to build a rec center will result in a huge debt the city cannot repay, and/or a huge maintenance debt that the city cannot afford.

Things such as rec centers are very nice to have, but to build them the city must have the cash in hand, or a substantial inflow of money to spend on it. From what I have seen lately Craig has neither.

One local candidate cited to me that a rec center would generate "the admission fees but also food, drink, and (people to) shop the businesses."

In my mind spending many millions to get back a few sandwich sales does not add up.

We cannot adopt the same policies as the federal government and try to spend our way to prosperity. It simply will not work.

Allen Hischke

Craig

Comments

Colette Erickson 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Any potential to repurpose the vacant K-Mart building?

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Mark Jacobson 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I looked up the holding company for the Kmart lot and building, that GFI-Craig II Investments LP, and it appears to be a delinquent entity according to the State. I'm not sure if it just means they're in arrears or what the deal is but my guess is that with the Sears check not coming in that entity kind of just imploded as it existed solely to rake in the lease from Sears.

It appears that there's a string of holding companies registered to towns where their properties are placed, like GFI-Parker, GFI-Craig, GFI- etc etc and there's a guy named Ryan Gasser (heh) attached to all of them. I looked up that name on Facebook and found some inconsistent results with the Ryan Gassers on linkedin. I think it'd be worthwhile, however, to contact the holding company and find out if they plan to do any maintenance on their properties. I sure hope the city is ready to seize the property as soon as its taxes go delinquent, and if possible maybe the city can seize it for signs of neglect and abandonment. I'm pretty sure after looking up the holding company that it's just some guy's straw man and corporate veil type of thing and all they ever did was cash the rental check with no afterthought whatsoever. If GFI-Craig II is indeed defunct the city needs to be seriously looking at seizing the property asap.

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