Thursday, December 11, 2008

More on Mesa Cuts

Mesa's Parks and Rec is laying of 56 and may have to close several smaller pools. Mesa Arts Center had their budget cut by 30%. Obviously, with such a dramatic shortfall, these types of cuts could not be avoided. However, I would encourage the city to look into some different ways to perhaps bring some of these quality of life type items back in a different way.

For example, I have no idea how much money is costs to run one of the pools (small or big), but it would be helpful to know. Perhaps, then as a resident near a small pool which may not open next summer, I could try to put together an effort to save the pool for my neighborhood. You could even look for a sponsor, "Blah blah blah community pool brought to you by Coca Cola" or something like that. If its good enough for the Bowl Games, it could be good enough for public amenities.

I understand the short term need for cuts, but this shouldn't preclude us from finding creative ways to maintain our quality of life.

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