CLDC Re-Do Or More WECRD Doo Doo?!?!?!?!Posted Friday, October 22, 2010, at 10:45 PM
Up In Smoke...10 Years And Counting And Counting And Counting.
So, here is the short version for those of you who have lost your score cards on all of this.
1. The CLDC was created.
2. A good percentage of those on the CLDC were hand picked by none other than WECRD Director, Jana (engineering outcomes) which pretty much engineered what the vote would be (so much for giving this a fair shot).
3. The WECRD paid all bills for this adventure.
4. A year and a half later, a "plan" is formulated.
5. Said plan is presented to the WECRD by the YMCA.
6. Just days later...three people decide to change the "plan" in order to make themselves "complete."
WELL NOW...isnt that special?
There are other problems as well. Nobody is really sure if the YMCA can even partner on this project and take money from the WECRD to run this facility. Why? Because these are tax dollars---not donations. There is a projected profit with one option---the YMCA is a non-profit. So...how can a non-profit make a profit and still be a non-profit? One would have thought the WECRD legal eagle (whose wife was on the CLDC) would have checked into some of this for the thousand and thousands he bills. There are other questions as well. Many are wondering who will "own" the land and building when this is all done. It was stated in one of these meetings by David Duro that the YMCA would never "turn down a free building." Hmmmmmmmmm. I wonder how those of us who are within this taxing district would feel about giving away our investment. All of the money that has been stolen from us over the years in the name of RECREATION with, well, NO RECREATION!
Yes indeed. It would be great for the YMCA to just walk in and take over. How nice that their business plan includes a 3% tax increase for many, many, many, many years. How nice that they have this money from this taxing district and could be in charge of it all.
I was on the budget and finance portion of this debacle. I am annoyed with myself that I allowed myself to think that this would actually be an impartial and working process. I am annoyed that I allowed myself to fall for the scam that we would all be charged with obtaining one common goal---to build a facility debt free that ALL could enjoy. Not a SINGLE option then or now works within the funding currently available. For option one, we are 1.6 million dollars SHORT. So, another three years before anything is done?
Now, we are going to spend at least $40,000 on a study to determine how much in the way of donations can be raised. Well, here is a good indicator. How much money has the Recreation Foundation of Elmore County (Jana's husband and Betty Ashcraft sit on this Board with one other person) raised since it was created? Not much. How much has been donated to the WECRD over the last ten (10 years)? Not much. What did the Capital Campaign raise many years ago? NOTHING or nearly nothing.
Here is your sign on this. Do not spend the money. The Shaw Snow Report spells it all out. The $40,000 you want to flush down the toilet could go a long way towards helping kids and I do not know---maybe---providing...RECREATION?!?!?!?!
The WECRD needs to review the laws on what a recreation district should be and get away from what three women think it should be and their personal agendas and dreams.
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