Nothing more sophisticated than the truth!
There are always divergences of opinions; however, to turn the simple act of informing the public you work for that they will have to pay more for services received into a major project is ludicrous! Just how complicated can five people make a task? Ask the board of the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center. For years committees and sub-committees were formed to hash out a solution; as time went on, the more convoluted and complicated this simple problem becomes.
The public has a right to know SARC’s financial status. And simply put, if the community wishes to maintain SARC’s outstanding operation standards, a levy will have to be passed to subsidize the shortfalls in revenues caused by the expense of operating the swimming pool. Difficulties arise when boards (in general) consider the public too dull to understand.
People … your recreation center needs your financial help to stay alive, simple! I may be the board’s pariah; however, I strongly recommend you forcefully request the board to arrange town hall meetings to explain SARC’s operational costs and future needs. After all, you own it!
Such meetings should enable both sides to make more informed assessments.
(Richardson is SARC board member)