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SPRINKER: What about the rest of us?

Letter by C.M. Smith, Tacoma on July 22, 2010 at 11:56 am with 4 Comments »
July 26, 2010 9:19 am

It’s great Sprinker Recreation Center will be refurbished (TNT, 7-21). As to how to pay for it, here’s a novel idea: Has anyone heard of pay as you go?

I did some basic math. Bonds for $6.1 million at a mere 3 percent interest for 15 years equates to $505,000 per year. Divide that by 170,000 “visits” and that equals $2.95 per visit.

It’s too simple. Charge $3 per visit!

Why should the taxpayers who don’t use Sprinker pay for it? When I go to a private sector business for my entertainment, I pay at least the full cost of my visit.

I’ll chip in for other people’s Sprinker entertainment as long as they pick up the tab the next time I or any of the other 800,000 Pierce County residents who don’t use Sprinker go out to a movie or dinner.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. readingthelatest says:

    Now, now Mr. Smith…. that’s not a very liberal point of view. And I thank you for it.

  2. foresttnt says:

    Using your logic, taxpayers wouldn’t pay for social security until they ‘use’ it. The same logic is used by many who don’t want to pay a portion of their property tax for public education because they don’t have any kids.
    Why this logic doesn’t work is simple: education benefits society as a whole along with the individual, as does social security, as does Sprinker. When places to go and do positive things are shut down there is more crime of all types, there is more likelihood of victimization of the children that would have had a safe place to go, and there is a general decrease in community that is already too rampant here and everywhere else.
    While I don’t see a huge issue, other than some people could not afford the cost of getting in, with charging to get into Sprinker it shouldn’t be viewed as the only way to save a community recreation center.
    I’m not quite sure how an individual’s dinner or movie equates. Please enlighten me as to how your dinner and movie keeps children safe, keeps crime lower, and increases a sense of rapidly declining community.

  3. winniens says:

    BTW – People do pay to use Sprinker. You don’t get to skate for free. You pay to skate. You pay to play tennis. You pay to enroll in any of the rec programs offered there. It’s not FREE for the users.

  4. freakycougar12 says:

    Don’t worry, C.M. User fees at Sprinker will be increasing with the repairs. The users *will* be paying for it.

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