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The officials in Los Alamos County have been extremely busy developing expensive projects that will cost the tax payers a lot of money. They had to have a new jail, although the old one was fine. They had to tear down the Golf Course building (even though I thought the old one was great) so they could build a new one. Now they want to expand the Golf Course to a larger playing field. They are working on new municipal buildings. (I thought our old Municipal Building was the nicest looking building in town). They want a new Trinity Drive, even though the one we have works fine. It will take a lot of time to rebuild Trinity Drive, and that construction will produce a lot of traffic headaches, and it will cost the tax payers another fortune. The High School was torn down and expensive buildings were built.
And now LANL’s budget will be cut. People will be moving away so that the tax burden on the remaining citizens will be greater. The Monitor article about the LANL budget reduction said that future budgets may also be reduced. If Obama is re-elected, he will probably shut down LANL completely. Los Alamos will be a partial ghost town, and the remaining citizens will have an awesome tax burden.
We have a friend who planned to sell their home. They think that will now be impossible, with the LANL budget reduction.
Why can’t the county think of running an efficient organization that serves the Los Alamos citizens without being devoted to grandiose new structures for the future?