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Letter: Rec center a low priority

Rec center a low priority

I would love a Tesla. But with two children going to college in another decade, it would be foolhardy for me to spend $100,000 on a car, even if it’s really cool.

This would be the exact kind of non-decisionmaking that got us into the financial crisis we just (sort of) emerged from. And yet, on a ballot mailed Oct. 15, midvalley residents are being given the option to raise their property taxes a whopping $300 per $500,000 of home value to fund a rec center at Crown Mountain Park. (You’re already paying $90 per $500,000 in home value for Crown Mountain Park as it is.)

This is a rec center you will then have to pay to join, and which will then run in deficit forever. You are being offered this in a state that is 42nd in per pupil spending, 40th in median student-teacher ratio in primary level schools, 41st in technology in our schools, and 49th in state and local support for higher education per capita haven’t even talked about other first order issues like poverty, transportation, climate-change mitigation, health care, firefighting and police expenses that deserve funding. Meanwhile, we already have world-class rec centers throughout the valley, and a world-class bus system to get us there.

In between we have hiking, alpine and cross county skiing, golf, fishing, biking and running — this isn’t Cleveland. Let’s not make the same bad decisions that led us into financial crisis. Citizens don’t vote for taxes very often in modern America. So when we tax ourselves, let’s choose to spend our money on necessities like education, the environment, and health care, not luxuries like a fifth rec center in a 30-mile valley.

Auden Schendler


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