CARD will run a phone campaign to talk public into paying for $10-18 million aquatic center

17 Apr

Last night the Chico Area Recreation District Board of Directors voted (Sneed, Malowney, and Ellis, Lando and Worley absent) to spend $25-30,000 on a consultant to run a phone campaign to get support for their proposed aquatic  center. 

Early estimates for a trio of designs ranged from $10 – 18 million. As former board member Ed Seagle said, these facilities never pay for themselves, the whole wad will have to come from the taxpayers in the form of a bond or assessment on our homes.  

I don’t know the exact boundaries of the district, but it includes Forest Ranch.

The task ahead will be to inform the voters about CARD’s sketchy history, their budget, their excessive salaries and benefits, the revolving door they seem to have on their directors, and pattern of poor spending decisions. Most recently they voted to spend over $150,000 on a rose garden instead of fixing the two existing swimming pools, scheduled to be closed in 2016 after years of neglect.



3 Responses to “CARD will run a phone campaign to talk public into paying for $10-18 million aquatic center”

  1. bob April 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    So the taxpayers pay 25-30K to put out propaganda to brainwash them into shelling out tens of millions more? (You know the 10-18 million is a down payment, right? The estimates are always low balled to get the public to sign on and then there will be the ongoing maintenance and other up keep.)

    You got the cops and fire who are going to demand a tax increase for their bloated salaries and pensions, you got Lando’s other cronies demanding a tax increase, you got CARD demanding a tax increase. Mark my word they are going to tax the Shiite out of you whether it’s sales tax increases, property taxes or other taxes and fees.

  2. bob April 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Through FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] can you get the phone list they will use? Then maybe have volunteers call people on that list and tell them the other side of the story.

    • Juanita Sumner April 18, 2015 at 4:55 am #

      Not sure – but I’ll be sure to find out who the consultant is – they haven’t chosen one yet, but they have proposals.

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