Truckee governing board tables rec/park bond measure
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; and#8220;Deflating.and#8221;
That was the word used by Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District board member Kevin Murphy to describe just-released survey results that conclude residents do not support the idea of taxpayers paying off a 30-year bond for a performing arts center, aquatics facility and enhanced trails.
and#8220;For all the good economics it represents and for kids and seniors (needing recreational outlets), the survey results are painful,and#8221; Murphy said Wednesday.
Murphy joined the board at a special meeting Tuesday to decide whether the bond and#8212; initially proposed at $20 million and then reduced to roughly $14 million and#8212; would pass voter approval in November. If implemented, the bond would be paid off annually over 30 years by the districtand#8217;s 8,300-plus parcel holders.
Despite high hopes by both the board and stakeholders representing trails, aquatics and the arts, Bryan Godbe, president of TBWB Strategies and Godbe Research and#8212; the firm that coordinated the phone survey and#8212; said its results indicated otherwise.
and#8220;This year is a non-starter for me,and#8221; Godbe said. and#8220;It’s difficult in a three-month time frame (between now and a November vote) to convince people to pay more.and#8221;
In order for the appropriate amount of work to be done for the bond measure to make the November ballot, officials said it would have needed approval Tuesday night.
However, after weighing survey results, the board voted unanimously and#8212; absent board member Peter Werbel, who recused himself due to his financial holdings in the area and#8212; to table the bond for now, but to work with stakeholders in the future for a vote later.
The decision came hard for Murphy, who said the survey in part led to his decision later that night to resign as the boardand#8217;s vice-chair.
and#8220;At this point I will be more of a silent board member than an active one,and#8221; Murphy said.
Explaining, he said he will be fully involved in the boardand#8217;s affairs, yet will take a back seat, dedicating himself more to his business and family as the district moves forward on the bond and other major projects.
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