Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 30, 2013

Letter writer won’t vote for Goshen Community Center


— The Goshen Community Center looks awesome, but I must question the common sense for planning such an expensive building and putting a 20-year bond burden on our community. The current plans for the GCC are unacceptable for these reasons:

1. Transportation. Articles cite the need to reduce student transportation costs abound (Goshen News March 7), yet the GCC would greatly add to transportation costs. The only logical location for swimming pools is right where they are currently, or at least built adjacent to one of schools, thereby helping to eliminate some of the transportation expense. Also locating the building at one of the schools would allow double duty of the other facilities, personnel and security.

2. Competition. There are several facilities available for exercising, IU Health Livewell Fitness Center, Any Time Fitness and Icon Fitness. How many of these facilities can Goshen support?

3. Expense. The cost of the planned facility is way too much. This country is in trouble from people spending more than they can afford because they want the best. Financing for 20 years is way too long. The facility is projected to be self-sustaining in five years — what if it is not? There are many examples of promised temporary taxes that never went away (wheel tax, Toll Road)

Doug Nisley’s letter to the editor (Jan. 5) did an excellent job of summarizing the negatives of the GCC and I agree with all of his points. The community center is more of a “want” than a “need” and I believe that our politicians should take a step back and reconsider what they are asking of their citizens.  

It’s time to curb the spending! Without significant changes to this project, when it comes for a vote in November, I will not be voting to spend my tax dollars in this manner.

— Deborah Morgan