McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: This is not about Tim Tebow. Really.
Now that I have your attention…
Really, isn’t it pretty amazing how much attention and publicity this man gets in his quest to be an NFL quarterback? He had one glorious season with the Broncos — I still get chills every time I see that touchdown pass against Pittsburgh in overtime in the playoffs — but otherwise hasn’t done much to even attempt to come close to what he did in college. I’ve always pulled for him and still do. Like John Elway said, Tebow’s the kind of man you want your daughter to marry.
Just not the kind of quarterback Elway wanted to lead the Broncos.
And now for something completely different. (Monty Python fan, you’re right…)
It looks like Rifle is headed for some interesting times over the next 12 weeks or so, with this recreation and community center project and a 0.74 percent sales and use tax hike to help make it a reality. I’ve had more and more people talk about it when I’ve been out and about. I’m guessing your friends and neighbors might have mentioned it once or twice.
Like many Rifle residents, I’m kind of torn on what to think. On the one hand, a community and recreation center would be a great amenity for Rifle. Not only residents, but family from out of town and tourists would probably make some use of it. But exactly how many, and if those numbers will be enough to justify the city issuing up to $21 million in bonds to build it — which they would pay back over the next 30 years — I’m not sure.
The timing is another issue. We’re all reminded of the saga over the new $25 million water treatment plant last year each time we get our utility bills each month. That debt is for up to 20 years.
In both cases, that’s a long time to owe that much money, you know. While the interest rates may be very low, I worry about the city being able to make payments over such a long time in this economy.
However, if the recreation center produces more than enough tax revenue to allow the city to make its payments and maybe come out a little ahead, that would a great thing. All our worries would have been for nothing.
No one can say with 100 percent certainty what might happen if the recreation center is built. Other than the sales and use tax will go up just under 3/4 of a cent. That would be on top of last year’s 3/4 cent sales tax hike for the water plant. And as Citizen Telegram readers know, the city’s sales tax revenue hasn’t been great. It may be up over last year, but that’s due to the 3/4 cent sales tax hike we approved last year.
So I’ve got a lot of questions. Luckily, my job is to try to get some answers. Of course, I’ll share those answers with you, right here in the pages of the Telegram, over the next three months or so.
But no, I can’t answer the most burning question: Will Tim Tebow ever make it in the NFL?
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.
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