There are a series of open houses where residents can be informed and ask questions about the proposed Recreation Center. I encourage residents who have an opinion or would like to know more to attend. These open houses.
I have publicly made my opinion known about this or any city's recreation center.
Let me sum it up by taking a few lines from an email that I recently sent to a concerned citizen:
"I will probably not vote for the currently proposed rec center based on what I know of it. However, if I am a minority on the council and it is ultimately approved and built in Eagle Mountain, I am sure that I will buy a family pass and be a frequent user of the facility. "
I am not opposed to the proposed Recreation Center, nor will I fight or campaign against it. I will let the residents decide on this issue. I would prefer if a private entity would set up this as a business. I would also think that this is more appropriate for an HOA to build and provide this resource. None of the recreation centers in the state of Utah break even, they are all heavily subsided from their city's general fund.
Eagle Mountain recently conducted a survey of its residents to guage the support of residents for a recreation center. I applaud the city administraiton for conducting a survey, which is an admirable thing to do. The following are some of my notes from the survey results that were presented to the city council on November 18th, 2008:
*The city expected approximately 400 responses, but recevied 1,042
*70% of respondants favored the city owned recreation center, 30% opposed it
*the survey was taken late September thru November 7th, 2008
*To get approval to build the rec center, this would have to go to a city vote for a tax increase and bond financing
*The results of the survey indicated that while 70% supported it, the amount that residents were willing to pay for the rec center was insufficnet to actually build it.
I have spoken with residents that are supportive and opposed to the rec center. Below are several comments thave I have received in emails from residents:
- "I am saddened and discouraged at the apparent attempt to sell the idea of a recreation center to the citizens of the city. I have hoped that my elected officials would work to reduce the current huge debt load and create economic stability for its citizens rather than saddle them with additional debt and payments to their city for such an expensive luxury.
I encourage you to stand up for sound economic principles, limited government, restraint, and true leadership in tough economic times and end the process that is moving forward to build a luxury item with debt."
- "It is fun to think about a Rec. Center. "
- "While I am not completely opposed to it, I do have a concern about having a recreation center built.
Their our several people in my neighborhood right now that have either lost their jobs or have had huge salary or insurance benefit cuts that are affecting them tremendously. Many families have either lost their homes or are on the verge of losing their homes because they can't keep up with the payments. I also know that are many families who are struggling just to eat and pay their utility and other basic bills each month. I imagine that these difficulties are widespread throughout our city. My concern is that if families are already having a hard time making ends meet, it will make it even harder for them if they are trying to pay $30 or more dollars every month in increased property taxes for the recreation center. "
Feel free to share your opinion on this subject, just remember to be polite and civil.