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Though county councilors and others are mourning the drowning of the proposed leisure pool, maybe it’s time for someone to point out that this tragedy might have been averted had current and previous county council members not tossed the leisure pool project a concrete brick instead of a life preserver.
Forcing the project to be financed through a property tax increase — particularly when the sting of recent school bond increases was still very fresh in the minds of voters — was like hanging a millstone around the neck of a distressed swimmer. It would have been very easy for the county to simply fund the leisure pool outright from the seemingly endless cash reserves the county seems able to tap into whenever it wants.
In the past five years or so, our county has spent upwards of $60 million to carve out a new shops and warehouse complex from a cliff side east of the airport, and gleefully spend some $20 million clearing the former shops site for the singular purpose of providing Smith’s Food and Drug (or Kroger Corp.) with a grocery monopoly in our community.
Moreover, the county spent tens of millions of dollars on a bloated fire station in White Rock and a grotesquely enormous Justice Center, which has now become the unofficial centerpiece of our community.
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