By: Diane Benjamin
The Pantagraph filed this report from a meeting held last night between Parks officials and the public.
First a quote from the article:
Evidently Master Plans are only non-binding when they are created. Once approved they are thrown in the face of citizens who object. Think Bike Lanes and Complete Streets.
How much playground equipment could have been bought for $115,000? Instead you will get a plan.
I wonder if citizens voicing their wants know they will be paying more taxes for them. The City is not going to cut expenses elsewhere so they get a soccer/lacrosse complex, a rec center, or new parks. The $115,000 plan is only going to say what citizens want. It will only be the opinion of those who showed up, but that doesn’t matter. Next the war on the poor appears with bills planning the new stuff – and then the bills to build it – and then the bills for more staff – and then the bills to maintain it. The majority of citizens will never use any of it. Quality of Life!
If citizens aren’t smart enough to know they demand their own destruction – they deserve what they get. Government is happy to provide more because they get more of your money to hire more government workers. That keeps them elected!
If every neighborhood needs a park, why isn’t the neighborhood responsible for maintaining it? Why did the developer get by with just donating land? I bet government WANTED to control the parks, even if a decade later they still haven’t built it.
Spending to fix the roads is underfunded on purpose.
Why aren’t they demanding money for roads?