Opinion

Center is what the community wants

I have been educating myself on various city issues by attending City Council meetings and reading available information and I have become quite concerned. In last week's Valley Record, the mayor of Snoqualmie blatantly voiced his anti-community center opinions. Wasn't it "his administration" that recommended in December 2001 to move forward with the current plan to build the community center/pool all in one shot, because it was deemed that this approach was far more cost effective than trying to add the pool on at a later date using a phased approach?

Are the mayor and "his administration" giving us what we want for our community - a community center for the young and old of our community to gather and promote healthy and positive life choices through fitness, education and the development of friendships?

I don't buy it when the mayor says the maintenance and operations (M&O) of the community center are going to "bankrupt" our city. If the voters approve the community center bond, there will be many ways to fund the M&O. And what would be wrong with the city rethinking the way it spends some of our money?

Are there ways to reorganize that could save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars without jeopardizing the services of any one department? I believe there are. Let's take advantage of the low construction costs and bond rates. Last year a bond for $7 million was estimated to cost 80 cents per $1,000 of valuation. Now a bond for $9 million for a community center will cost 76 cents per $1,000.

Please vote "yes" for our community center on Nov. 5. Let's make the city accountable to our needs and priorities! If you have any questions or concerns, go to www.sno

qualmieinfo.com.

Michelle Smith

Snoqualmie

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