Guest editorial: Bond corrects years of neglect
In 2012, Park City Council approved a ballot referendum to purchase open space and update Main Street infrastructure. The projects were not entirely defined. Since that time, precious open space has been purchased and we are renovating Main Street. We elect our public officials to determine the needs of our community, make difficult decisions and create plans to improve our community.
It is not unlike the current situation with our Board of Education and Proposition 1. Our education facilities have been neglected in the past decade and this bond would cover the costs of updating those facilities.
Remember, we elect our school board members. In 28 years living in Park City, this has to be one of the most diverse and experienced boards I have seen. Many of these board members have had students go through our system from kindergarten through graduation. They’ve served in volunteer positions in our PTOs, School Community Councils and PCEF for decades. This board knows this district inside and out. The combined experience of our board is over 50 years in the PCSD.
We finally have a master plan that looks at the needs of our district for the next 5-10 years. The master plan simply provides the buildings we need to house our students and move our district forward. We are playing catch-up now because we should have dealt with much of the planned enhancements 10 years ago. If you are coming to the dialogue late and feel that all issues and options have not been considered, I urge you to look at the Frequently Asked Questions that the School Board has published and is circulating. If you missed the many opportunities to provide input, contact your board representative and express your concerns.
We are voting on how to finance these projects, not the projects themselves. I trust we have a Board of Education making decisions that are in the best interest of our students.
There will never be a plan we can all agree on, but this plan is headed in the right direction. We should let our Board do what we elected them to do. The naysayers don’t have a consistent message other than that they don’t like the master plan. It is time to move ahead and make the investment in our community and recognize that the people who are speaking out against the proposition do not offer any other solutions.
Please vote YES on Proposition One on November 3rd.
A group of Old Town residents say in a letter to the editor that Park City is better off leaving land on Marsac Avenue as open space than developing it into affordable housing.