Opinion: Support for IVGID trustees Smith, Callicrate
It was with great interest that I attended the IVGID budget meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. I was certainly taken aback, as were many of the attendees, by the special comments delivered by Trustees Bill Devine and Jim Hammerel.
Trustee Kayla Wong seems to have had the good sense to remain quiet about the simmering conflict on the board. While it is apparent that the public is quite in the dark about much of what went on behind closed doors, it is evident that Trustees Jim Smith and Tim Callicrate have a problem with: 1) excess fat in the budget presented to the Board, 2) Steve Pinkerton’s inability to meet the deadlines laid out by the board, and 3) expressing opposition to Mr. Pinkerton’s “smoothing” and “repurposing” initiatives.
I would like to express my support for Smith and Callicrate. They were attacked for living up to their campaign promises and doing their due diligence as required of any trustee.
Having attended multiple pre-election events, I clearly recall Wong taking strident stands on responsible budgeting and spending at IVGID. Mr. Hammerel made a campaign pledge to, “eliminate waste and explore creative solutions to generate new revenue for the district to minimize recreational venue subsidization.² This quote taken directly from his election web site ElectJim.org.
I cannot critique Mr. Devine’s campaign pledges, as he seems to have won the election based on his laudable involvement with the community.
Nevertheless, many members of the “loyal opposition” to IVGID’s budget see a lot of fat and waste in that budget ,including about $1.3 million in monies from retired Chateau and Diamond Peak bonds.
This figure equates to approximately $170 of our $830 Recreation Facility Fee. It is this tax money of ours that will be “repurposed” to whatever expenditures our GM chooses.
It is time for Wong and Hammeral to live up to their campaign pledges, put any petty differences aside, and work for the taxpayers. We would also welcome Devine to step up and do likewise.