Archive for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rec center debt

August 14, 2012


To the editor:

After reading the recreation center article in the Aug. 4 Journal-World, I was struck by the lack of definitive answers and the effect a mega rec center would have on taxpayers. The future and complexity of this project is based on words like, “maybe,” “pretty positive,” “think,” “projection,” “about,” “estimating.” If any of these actions are off the mark by very much, the taxpayer will have to “pony up” money over and above what our debt load was in the initial construction. Can we afford a $24 million cash outlay over 20 years? We probably can afford a Ford but we want a Rolls Royce. The report says “the project will not directly pay for itself.”

Johnson County is currently paying over $1 million per year operating cost on a facility that is half the size of the Lawrence proposed facility. And the city thinks $2.2 million per year will catch it. Any underfunding would be made up from a tax designated to fund several recreation projects already on the books. What happens to those projects? 

We started out wanting a rec facility and have a generous contribution from coach Self to kick it off. We now want a mega facility. Government cannot be all things to all people. We promote our community as a great place to live, raise a family and retire, but if we continually buy things we can’t afford who will want to live here because of taxes and debt load.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Out of respect for taxpayers put the matter on the ballot. Let taxpayers decide.

Sunday, August 05, 2012 Do the pros outweigh the cons for the proposed sports complex?

The City is considering a sports complex at 6th Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The City contracted with Conventions Sports & Leisure (CS&L) for a report to project the demand for such a facility.

An analysis of the report can be examined here:

The analysis includes alternative possibilities.

It appears that the pros for the proposed sports complex do not outweigh the cons. The City should sharpen its pencils and study the alternatives more closely.

Where are the studies that are needed before we make such huge investments?

Out of respect for taxpayers put the matter on the ballot. Let taxpayers decide. It's OUR money.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Not only that the USD 497 school district has spent $20 million or more on a very similar project that is also PLAY which is expected to drive economic growth.

Why does Lawrence, Kansas need to spend another $30-$40 million and maybe more?

Wouldn’t these tax dollars be better spent on a Vocational Technical Campus that which encourages higher education and job skills development? More students = new economic growth which is a wise investment.

Let the voters to decide it's our money! Yes taxpayers do own the tax dollars in this community.

Put this matter on the ballot out of respect for taxpayers.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

A neighborhood rec center very similar to the east side neighborhood rec center = fine.

A monster addition to PLAY.... not on my nickle thank you.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

I am so glad I live in the county, and not in Lawrence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 months ago

The decision to build this has already been made-- they're just trying to figure out the details at this point.

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

Lynn731: I agree with your comment, only problem, they want to build it out our way!

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