Same Old Story With Rec Center
by Jim Gesick, Montrose
Feb 23, 2014 | 736 views | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor:

The promoters of the Montrose Rec Center keep talking about how nice the facility will be and how many people are expected to use it, as if those are the most important issues.  

Obviously potential usage is an important issue if you are proposing to build a very expensive facility. And we can all agree it would be wonderful to have such a nice recreation facility in Montrose – but not on the backs of taxpayers. 

The majority of the families in Montrose can not afford more expenses, and neither can the struggling businesses.  We need to be making it easier for families to meet their needs, and for businesses to survive, not harder.

We are back to the same old story, some people want something they can not afford so they think the rest of the community should help pay for it even though it will only be an unnecessary added expense to the rest. 

 

– Jim Gesick, Montrose

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February 24, 2014
A community rec center will add value to our entire community.

Rec centers retain and attract businesses (MORE JOBS.) Rec centers keep visitors in town for longer visits (MORE MONEY spent in our stores.) Rec centers host meets and tournaments (MORE MONEY being spent by visitors in our restaurants and hotels).

Rec centers serve our entire population. By providing affordable after school programs, discounted family fun nights, inexpensive youth sports programs and free programs for seniors, rec centers are especially good at meeting the needs of families and people with limited financial resources who cannot afford more expensive options.

Rec centers are always built when a community decides to invest in itself through an increase in taxes. In this case the tax is small, 0.3%, and shared with tourists. It also ends when the facility is built and paid for.

The financial benefits outweigh the costs. It makes good economic sense. While nobody likes taxes, sometimes they make sense.