Letters to the Editor

Letter: Too costly

March 1, 2013


To the editor:

Can we really afford the Rock Chalk rec center?  We are paying for a multimillion-dollar library and garage and are having trouble funding our children’s education. Their education should be our priority. They are our future and our greatest resource.

Did we think of the YMCA or the YWCA or the Parks and Rec facilities? Are we going to have the fitness centers close? Why don’t developers pay their back taxes? What makes them think they can dupe us into such a “deal”? Do we get to vote on this? I surely hope so.

How many senior citizens do you think you will attract living here with all these extra taxes, not considering the Eagle Bend Golf Course? Please vote “no” on this rec center if we even get a choice to vote on it.  


Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

This rec center concept comes with a hefty annual operations budget that will add to the cost of this center about another 1 million tax $$$$$ every three years. Plus the cost of hiring someone with alleged expertise to schedule these events.

And it will likely take a few years according to city hall to bring on the tournaments that city hall and commissioners keep dangling in front of our leaner and leaner tax dollar wallets. Will the tournament pay backs match the rhetoric? Of course as city hall acknowledges this will never pay for itself.

Just think folks for the same amount of money NW Lawrence, North Lawrence and SE Lawrence could each have a neighborhood rec center. This would reduce the number miles North Lawrence and SE Lawrence taxpayers would need to drive quite substantially.

Abdu Omar 5 years, 3 months ago

This is a bad idea from the beginning. There are many other project will affect more people that need to be done. There are roads to be fixed, there are many dollars needed for our educational institutions. Why build something that is not a possitive affect on our city? What is in it for the community as opposed to some builders and a few investors? What will it cost us to maintain this building and how many jobs will it create?

streetman 5 years, 3 months ago

Mary Ann -- for crying out loud! Don't you remember voting for this 19 years ago? A commissioner even said so, and if you can't trust one of them, who can you trust? Geez -- some people have short memories.

Bill Getz 5 years, 3 months ago

With one admirable exception, city commissioners who should know better are going along for the ride on this magistral boon-doggle. One of them, of course, is a paid employee of the Chamber, but them we have seen that before. Grandiose municipal projects like this are the sort of thing that helped drive Spain and Greece into their present straits. Frizel will start bringing in rock concerts and gun shows to fill the gaps before the ink is dry on the cotract. What are they thinking of???

Larry Sturm 5 years, 3 months ago

To many strings attached to it Fritzel and K U will take it over lawrence tax payers will pay for it.

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