If the City Commission continues to go ahead with the grand rec center, the City of Lawrence is in trouble. As one with limited income, I cannot purchase “big ticket” items for my home without already having the required funds. We are always getting reports about ongoing financial problems locally and nationally. How can the City Commission possibly believe the citizens can survive another foolish investment. The big winner will be the developer getting free road and infrastructure through his property.
Friday’s newspaper report should be enough to wake everyone up and make everyone concerned. Frisco, Texas, is in debt for a million dollars with their complex. There are already two existing facilities in Johnson County. Financially, the city is not in a position where it can say, “Build it and they will come.” That only happens in the movies. Money still does not grow on trees.
However, I assume we can take the approach that it won’t happen to us. I suppose that’s what Stockton, Calif., thought while they were over-obligating. Now that city has filed for bankruptcy. Listen people. We are in deep financial trouble personally, locally and nationally. Maybe it is time the City Commission takes a three-year moratorium on building the “gee whiz” items and save money for a rainy day like the common people do.