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Am I passionate about a Recreation Center in Pagosa Springs? Yes.
The reasons are many and the fact that I have had the opportunity to be presented the facts, understand the projections, review design ideas and learn about the revenue bond details has been an amazing learning experience. The misinformation out in the public has been my number one item to tackle. Walking the streets of Pagosa and sharing my knowledge with my community members and listening to their hopes and fears has been very rewarding. We have the opportunity to make this happen and are using a model that most Recreation Centers use — a sales tax increase. It will be affordable for all and scholarships will be provided if there is a need. The extra penny you will be charged on each dollar will help pay back our revenue bond loan over time. Visitors will contribute to that fund and also use our recreation center. The Recreation Center will provide jobs for our youth and beyond and also attract younger families to move into town. This will be a place for the community to come together, become healthy and have lots of fun. It will provide a place for our town recreation dept to continue programming activities and keep up with the demand. It will be a place for our youth to learn new skills and provide a safe place to be after school. It will be an alternative to the great outdoors, especially when the weather is too cold or too hot. The time is now because of the historic low interest rates and it is affordable for the town because this budget is separate from our current budget — not taking from projects already on the table. These are the ways I feel that a yes vote is the right step and the first step. The new mayor and town council members will be involved in so many decisions guided by Tom Carosello and his knowledge, making our recreation center come together efficiently and swiftly. Now is the time for your vote to make the difference for all our community members. All I am asking is get the information before you vote and not the misinformation out on the streets. Call Tom at the Pagosa Springs Rec Dept — he can walk you through the information about the bond, sales tax increase and the proposed facility. If you live in town you can register to vote all the way up to April 8th — so don’t forget to make a difference for our children’s future.