I understand that some support the idea of building a new recreation center with a swimming pool in Lynden, but don't think this is the right time. Lynden spends around $50,000 per year in maintenance of the current facility operated by the YMCA, far below what is needed but within the ability of the city to pay. Currently estimates are in the range of $1 million-plus to simply do the necessary major repairs - money the city doesn't have.
No time is a great one for a bond issue. However, the current building and swimming pool are one major repair away from closing, which would affect your family and/or many you know. The pool was built in 1961; the building in 1979. Like a used car with many miles on it, there's a point where it's not prudent to spend more money to keep them operating.
If the proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot passes, the Lynden Parks and Recreation District would issue the bonds, spreading the cost of repayment over the district area (same as the Lynden School District), not just the citizens within city limits. The cost to property owners would be $28 per $100,000 per year in assessed valuation, or $70 for the owner of a $250,000 home.
Our grandparents stepped up to build the pool and our parents did so to create the current facility. It's our turn to make our community a better place. Please vote yes on Nov. 6.