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Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘yes’ on Measure J

Vote ‘yes’ on Measure JI am writing in response to Don Spano’s recent letter in which he makes a no new taxes plea against Measure J.

Spano asks why private investors don’t build such a facility. In doing so, he tries to confuse the reader by ignoring the fact that government agencies never build public facilities to make a profit.

Public facilities exist wherever there is a high demand for them, but the economics of their ownership are not attractive enough for private enterprise to build them. Consider the Truckee Amphitheater, River View Sports Park, Regional Park, the pump track, the bocce ball courts, or the new Community Center. These facilities have a substantial amount of public use, and few would argue that they don’t greatly enhance the quality of our lives in Truckee. But, these facilities would not be sufficiently profitable for private enterprise to build and own them. As has been proven time and again by the TDRPD, good government provides needed facilities without trying to make a profit from them.

Measure J proposes an average property assessment of $6.91 per $100K of assessed valuation. For the average property, that means less than $21 per year to build two great venues. That hardly seems like an assault on (my) wallet, as Spano characterizes it. Instead, I view it as a wise investment in my community. In case Spano hasn’t noticed, the sky really isn’t falling with this proposed bond measure.

Please join with me as I vote to support Measure J.

Anna Mia Koenig


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