Record editorial: Voters should step up to save North Summit’s youth sports programming
For the North Summit Recreation District, the clock is ticking and the game is on the line — and the outcome depends on voters.
On Election Day, voters who live within North Summit Rec’s boundaries will weigh a tax increase that would raise $85,000 annually at a cost of about $28.50 on a primary home valued at $275,000. Officials contend that, in light of Summit County’s plan to eliminate the district’s funding, the result of the vote will determine whether the district can continue providing youth sports programming in the Coalville area.
A tax hike is never easy to swallow, but in this case it’s warranted. We urge voters to support the increase and ensure the games will go.
The benefits of youth sports are clear. In addition to simply being fun, they instill important values such as teamwork, commitment and overcoming adversity. And at a time when our children are increasingly glued to screens, signing them up for the baseball team or a ballet class ensures they get out of the house once in a while.
As adults, most of us look back on our time participating in youth sports with fondness, whether it’s recalling a big play that led to championship victory or reminiscing about the teammates that made those times special. It would be a shame if, going forward, children in the Coalville area don’t get to make those memories for themselves.
North Summit Rec, for its part, has already tried other alternatives, increasing participation fees after a request for a larger tax increase in 2016 was rejected at the polls. But the fees aren’t enough to keep the district afloat.
This tax increase, then, is a Hail Mary attempt to save something worth saving. Voters should act in the best interest of their children and do their part to make the last-ditch effort a success.
Election Day is Nov. 5. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 4. Residents can also drop off their ballots at a number of locations or vote in person at a voter assistance center on Election Day. For more information, visit the Summit County Clerk’s website at summitcounty.org/270/Clerk.
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