Suggesting to softball players, golfers and others that unless they support the bond issue they won’t get improvements is misleading. Associated with the bond is $13 million of CIP money, so money available for recreation.
We need direct, binding voter control over the CIP process – approximately $30 million taxpayers dollars per year. We have clear historical evidence of Council preempting the process on projects that citizens disagree with. When I bring up the Municipal building I’m told that’s history and we should trust the current council to be mindful of taxpayers monies.
So be honest with the citizens and let them set priorities. The taxpayers should vote on the spending from future years of CIP and whether they’d prefer to use that for recreation rather than a bond. The taxpayers should choose the priorities for the $13M already accepted as being a reasonable source for immediate recreational improvements. The taxpayers should be presented with an honest bond issue – with each facility identified separately instead of dressing it in the “something for everyone” guise.
If you haven’t yet mailed in your ballot, don’t abstain, a “no” vote may send a message to the Council that they need to fix the process. Once we determine how our monies are spent, then we can decide whether more is needed.