(Updated 20 Feb 2014, after the 94th signature - your email may be used to organize against the passage of this bond election.)
Whereas, there is currently a movement promoting the construction of an “Aquatic Center” combined with additional recreation fields,
Whereas, the cost of the project was estimated to be $25 to $30 million, to property tax payers of Wasatch County,
Whereas, this would amount to an averagecost of $1,000 for everyman, woman and child in the county, for construction andanadditional $370 in INTEREST
Whereas,the annual cost of bond payments is shown to be about $100 per year,($100 per year increase in property tax)for the average priced primary residence;
Whereas, an ADDITIONAL annual operating cost deficit of $400,000 to $800,000 is suggested, and that cost will be ADDITIONAL annual property tax of $25 to $50 per year,
Whereas, local commercial property taxes will increase by twice the residential payer amount,
Whereas, a commercial (or second home) property assessed at $800,000 would have an increase in property tax of $500 per year– solely for the construction and operation of the center.
Whereas, the projected use of the Aquatic Center would only be 10 to 20%of the county residents,
Whereas, there are currently several pools available in Wasatch County,
Whereas, there is an excellent aquatic facility available 20 min away in Kamas,
Whereas, there was an informal petition being circulating supporting this pool movement,
Whereas, on Feb 20, 2014, the proposal has been officially placed on the November 2014 ballot by the Wasatch County Council.
Now Therefore, Be it Resolved that We, the undersigned residents, and taxpayers, of Wasatch County, hereby strongly urge other County voters to oppose the proposal and vote NO in November.
There are a lot of things in Wasatch County that we don't need: Parks, libraries, football, basketball, baseball or any other sports park or amenity, senior center, "pony palace", fair grounds, etc., etc. We could eliminate everything that was not essential and we would then have a community that no one would want to belong. What the discussion should be about is not what is NEEDED, but what is BEST for the community at large. There are many in the community that love horses and get a lot of use of the "pony palace". I'm not one of them, but I have no objection to it's existence because it adds to the flavor of the whole area and promotes a lot of what makes up the Heber Valley. I see where there is a great need for the center and would be used by a greater number of people than the "pony palace". I am not a swimmer, but I do have grandchildren where the center would be a great attraction when they come to visit (rather than taking them to Kamas, which is generally what we do when they come).
The "Best" for the community may be those things that the 'community' develops on their own. Was Heber Valley Theater developed by a govt entity? How about Swiss Days, isn't that a private group? Or Rotary, Boy Scouts, Ham Radio, Empty Nesters, or a multitude of other groups getting together on their own? It is NOT necessary to go to govt for all your desires
jq wasatch (or JQW). Hi Bob Wren. Since all the posts on Bob's blog are "POSTED BY JQW," I think it's safe to say that "JQW", "jq wasatch," and "John Q. Wasatch" are all Bob. I may not always agree with you Bob, but I respect your right to your opinion. But, why hide behind pseudonyms? Why the lack of transparency?
john glodowski1 day ago Comments: why, for somthing we don't need!
Residence?: Daniel, Charleston
witt6 days ago Comments: There's an erosion of the pioneer ethos of frugality and self determination that made this valley great. It's bad enough to see someone (I'll call the Dr.) Who is a big government, Obama supporter pushing this reckless spending. But it's much worse to see local "Republicans" from hard working pioneer stock, spending with zeal, hoping or knowing they'll make money off the construction costs.
Residence?: Heber City
Biull Stern6 days ago Comments: We don't need to spend $24 M to accomplish this. Lets defeat it and come up with something affordable. We let them get a $60M high school with no 2 walls 90 degrees to each other. LHow can I help defeat this. Please get back to me and use me.
- On Feb 20, 2014, the same County Council voted 6 to 1 to place the "Aquatics Center' on the 2014 ballot.
- While maintaining that this was the 'people's idea,on "August 21, 2013 the Wasatch County Council voted on Resolution 13-15 establishing a Special Bond Election to be held November 5, 2013 for a new aquatic center and outdoor recreational facilities. The results of that vote were 4 to 3 (57%) in favor of the resolution. Utah State Law requires a Special Election be approved by a 2/3 majority vote (66%). Therefore, the resolution failed to pass.