Guest editorial: It’s okay to say NO!
October 16, 2015
The past 38 years, I have lived in Park City and seen it change one day at a time. For 16 years, I lead the Park City High School Interact Club. For 23 years, I was in charge of buying and selling real estate for the Park City School District. For 32 years and counting, I am the Principal Broker at Jess Reid-Christie’s International Real Estate.
From a real estate point of view, one of the more significant aspects of our town that makes Park City a desirable community for families is our incredible school district. I have had three kids go through the school system. After 38 years of being involved in this community, it will be the first time that I will ever be voting "NO" against a School Bond. The bond isn’t concentrated on academics; rather it is focused on athletic facilities.
After countless meetings with the city planners about traffic problems in our little town, it is dumbfounding that the Park City School Board wishes to build a bigger field-house in the main bottleneck in Park City on Kearns Blvd in a residential area. This is not healthy for the future of Park City’s traffic issues and small-town vibe- never mind, the proposed plan of tearing down Dozier Field, a perfectly fine turf field.
Before the $56 million, and-counting, bond was brought to the public’s attention; I attended numerous meetings to educate myself about how it would affect our community, schools and our citizen’s taxes. With an open mind I was informed about both sides of the debate. With little respect, like many others that are concerned, my worries were not given the attention that they deserved. I wrote emails and never heard back. They don’t have a vision; they have a blurry plan of what they are going to use our $56 million dollars for.
Nothing about the proposed bond from the School Board is smart. Below are some main concerns with the school bond:
1. The Board ignored key recommendations of their own committee and the super intendent
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2. The Board has written the bond with little accountability for how the money is to be spent
3. The Board has included WANTS (athletic facilities) over NEEDS (academic excellence)
4. The Board has a history of overspending on capital projects
5. The Board has decided to demolish a recently upgraded Dozier Stadium
6. The Board is threatening to tax us, even if the bond isn’t passed
I love to see that core members of our community are stepping up and demanding that their voices be heard. This is a lot of money and it is a big decision that will affect generations to come. We need to rally and vote "NO" on the School Bond (Proposition 1) on November 3rd.
I urge YOU to ask questions and education yourselves about the bond. We are not asking that improvements are not made and that the bond be dropped completely. The bond needs to be re-written. We are asking that you vote "no" so that we can take the time to make things right. We need to make smart decisions for the future of our children
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