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Letter to the Editor: Questionable bond collecting measure for rec center upgrade

EDITORand#8217;S NOTE: Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District General Manager Steve Randall said the range discussed in the polling was between $8 at $13 per $100,000.

Recently, selected people in Truckee were polled by phone in order to determine the best way to present a new bond measure to the voters of Truckee. As foretold last year when the Truckee Parks and Recreation Community Center opened, this bond measure would provide for the expansion of said community center by building and maintaining an aquatics center (pool).

Iand#8217;m not writing to debate whether or not this aquatics center should be built. I take issue with how the bond, as it has been proposed, will be financed. The annual cost of the bond will be somewhere between $7 and $18 per $100,000 of the assessed value of an ownerand#8217;s property. So what this means to me as a homeowner who purchased in 2006 at just under the market high is I will pay far more than most of my Truckee neighbors who either purchased before or after 2006. Iand#8217;m already paying a very large percentage of my net income on property taxes (a harder pill to swallow since the tax-assessed value of my home is 40 percent higher than the current market value).

Granted, I took a chance when I purchased the property but I wasnand#8217;t foresighted enough to see that I would be paying a disproportionate share of taxes for a pool and a water slide. If the Truckee Parks and Recreation financial wizards want to truly make this a fair bond, let every household in the Truckee community pay the same amount. If not, whether I like the idea of a new aquatics center or not, Iand#8217;m voting No.

Michael Ketron


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