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Letter: Rec center not worth the debt

Rec center not worth the debt

This week registered voters in the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District will receive a ballot which will include two items for a proposed recreation center to be located in El Jebel.

Please vote "no" on 4C and 4D in order to stop this extravagance that many of us cannot justify as a wise application of our community dollars.

The loan payback on the $25 million construction loan will be an additional $20 million over the next 20 years. In addition, the district estimates that the rec center will operate at a $735,000 financial loss per year, which will be the responsibility of taxpayers. There is a real possibility that it could be more. The ballot language states that property taxes can be raised in any year without limitation to pay off the loan and interest. Without limitation.

Wouldn't it make much more sense to increase funding to improve local schools, teachers' salaries and after-school programs? Let's empower our youth through improved schools and not burden them with extravagant debt.

Please vote "no on 4C and 4D.

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Jeanne Wilder

Basalt