LETTER: Debunking claims against Rifle rec center
In the debate over the proposed Rifle Rec Center, I have heard a lot of claims by those who don’t believe that the project is a good idea.
Don’t believe them when they claim the Recreation Center will cost $53 million. As written in Ballot Question D the maximum cost of the Recreation Center will be $21 million. With interest, the maximum is $42 million. We hope the project will cost much less through obtaining low interest rates, soliciting grants and donations, and by paying the bonds off early. The opposition has inflated the top-end number by $11 million simply to scare voters.
Don’t believe them when they claim the city is in financial trouble. While sales tax revenues have dipped over the last two quarters, the general trend is still upwards. The city of Rifle is well-managed, has a balanced budget, and can meet its current and future financial obligations.
Don’t believe them when they claim that people will stop shopping in Rifle if the new tax is implemented. How many people do you know that can rattle off every local city’s sales tax rate down to the hundredths? People just don’t think this way. If they did, Glenwood Meadows, with a sales tax and fee structure that tops 10 percent, would never see a single shopper.
Don’t believe them when they claim that there is another way to finance the project. This is a red herring. The project planners have been pursuing different ways to pay for the center for years, and a tax is the only viable option. Dozens of other communities in our region have come to the same conclusion and have voted to build tax-funded rec centers.
Don’t believe them when they claim the Recreation Center will do nothing for Rifle. We only need look at the recent positive impact of Fruita’s Recreation Center on their economy to see that the project will be an economic driver.
Don’t believe the hysteria and negativity. We can make Rifle an even better place to live and do business. Vote Yes on D.
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