CARD: new aquatic center study doubles in price to $75,000 – rec district wants city of Chico to pay for it

18 Jul

According to Laura Urseny in the Enterprise Record,   

“Getting close to the end of their budget cycle, the Chico Area Recreation and Park District board agreed to tweak the preliminary budget numbers slightly on Thursday.

Board member Tom Lando asked for more money to be dedicated to the aquatic center study after learning that it will take more than what was allocated for a consultant to do a feasibility study.

Lando and board member Bob Malowney interviewed several consultants, and explained that applicants were excellent, but more expensive than anticipated.

The board had set aside $30,000, but Lando asked that be boosted to $75,000, pulling the extra out of CARD reserves.

At her first board meeting, General Manager Ann Willmann said she would adjust the preliminary budget to reflect the change before the board’s final discussion and adoption of the budget at their next meeting, 9 a.m. July 23 at the Chico Community Center.

Chair Jan Sneed called the extra funding “shocking” but did not object to the additional allocation, noting that it will be further discussed.

“The $30,000 is not enough for the study,” Lando said.

Lando said he hopes that CARD can tap the city’s park fund, which he said has about $3.6 million and could reimburse CARD for the aquatic center feasibility study. The center would be of community benefit and qualify for the fund.

Thursday was the public hearing for the preliminary budget, and only one person commented. Jim Gregg, who said his family is involved in AquaJets, lauded the board for pursuing the aquatic center. Mentioned in CARD’s master plan, the aquatic center has been discussed for years and is proposed on city-owned property near Marsh Junior High off Humboldt Road.”

 

 

So, if that’s the cost of the study, how will CARD ever be able to build the pool without a property tax assessment or bond?

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2 Responses to “CARD: new aquatic center study doubles in price to $75,000 – rec district wants city of Chico to pay for it”

  1. bob July 18, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    So, if that’s the cost of the study, how will CARD ever be able to build the pool without a property tax assessment or bond?

    They won’t. They are going to tax the shiite outta you.

    It is absurd. They can’t even afford the survey. They can’t even afford to maintain what they already have. And they want to spend millions on something new that will require a small fortune to run and maintain.

    Of course, the Wretched points none of this out. Just repeat what Lando and the other trough feeders tell them.

    • Juanita Sumner July 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      I keep realizing, I really don’t believe they intend to build an aquatic center. I think they just want the money to pay down their pension deficit.

      I honestly believe Tom Lando wants the money to pump up CalPERS, that seems to be his main focus. Remember, he gets over $140,000/year in pension from CalPERS, plus health benefits and COLA.

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