An open letter to County Council

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After reading the list of capital improvement projects being reviewed, I wonder why any of the projects are even on the list. I have read with concern about the County's revenue short fall and the continued loss of GRT in the future.  As far as I am concerned, the projects could all be delayed indefinitely with no harm to the community.

The list represents the wishes of favored interest groups in Los Alamos.  I would have thought that the Council had learned the lessons of the Community center project several years ago.  That project started with a desire for a new building suitable for meetings and other such community events.  By the time the project was brought to the community for approval of a bond issue, it had mushroomed into a $25 million "something for everyone" city center.  It was soundly voted down by the citizens, even though the original idea had been started by a petition drive.  Every project does not need to be an example of "only the best will do".

In the 40 years that I have lived in Los Alamos, I have seen the expansion of each CIP into higher costs and more extravagant results.

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