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LETTER: Rec center is in best interest of all

I don’t have money falling out of my pockets, but I am MORE than willing to pay this TINY amount of sales tax increase to have an amazing rec center in Rifle that will help stimulate this area and provide a competitive economical feature compared to other communities in the area. I’ve never seen so many people be against something so beneficial to a community: You seriously can’t afford seven cents for every $10 spent?

This isn’t a tax on just the taxpayers in this community, everyone and anyone who shops in Rifle will be helping pay the way for this awesome facility, that means tourists, hunters, travelers, visitors, etc. It’s good for businesses, it’s good for the housing market, as more people choose to live in Rifle rather than other areas that do have a rec center, then more people will want to live here resulting in a better real estate market. It’s a ripple effect, and the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Here’s an example: Let’s say you spend $1,000 per month shopping in Rifle all year. That’s $12,000. In the entire year the Rec Center tax would cost you $88.80, or $7.40 cents per month or 24 cents per day. I don’t know anyone, even on a fixed income, that this would cripple, seriously???

It’s not that much money for what WE would get. You have to think about the community as a whole here. Everyone has different desires, wants and hobbies, but I see that people forget what community is about. I don’t ride skateboards or BMX bikes, but I think the Action and Skate Park was and is awesome for this town. I don’t play in a band, but I love the watchamacallit at Centennial Park. I don’t ride the bike paths in Rifle, but I think it’s great that we have them. I don’t ride 4-wheelers or ATVs (yet) in or around the Flat Tops, but I fight for the right to keep trails open because I believe it’s in the best interest of all.

Tina Holtz


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