With caution, I read the rambling tirade from Mr. (Jan) Richardson about the lack of communication from the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (SARC) board to the public on the financial status of the facility (“Letters to the Editor,” Sequim Gazette, June 18, page A-13).
Since SARC was built with tax money from the local district residents, I fully agree that the community deserves to be informed about its financial stability. To support that transparency, the monthly financial statements are promptly posted in the SARC hallway after the monthly SARC business meeting. Additionally, state law requires that all SARC board meetings be open to the public.
In an ironic twist, Mr. Richardson’s letter was positioned directly under the publication of the monthly SARC meeting information. SARC wants you to be informed about all aspects of your facility!
To further educate the public on SARC finances, Scott Deschenes, the executive director of SARC, is planning a State of SARC public meeting in July to inform attendees and answer their questions about the future budget challenges at SARC. Dates and times will be publicized as definitive plans are made or you can go to the SARC website at www.SARCfitness.com for daily updates.
I hope that you will join me in attending this information-sharing meeting so that you can learn more about the future of SARC and discover how you can be a critical part of the solution, not add to the problem. Thank you.
(Sorensen is a past SARC board member, 2002-2013)