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A Camel in Lee’s Summit
March 9, 2013
While in the U.S. Air Force I was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. The southern part of the country borders the Sahara Desert and with that a lot of camels and accompanying stories and jokes. The two that stuck in my mind were, “You never want to let a camel stick his nose in your tent because he will take over.” and, “A camel was a horse designed by a committee.”
Both of these analogies are applicable to the continuing attempts by The Arts Council to make Arnold Hall into a multipurpose Arts and Culture Center.
In my May 2 Opinion article entitled, “The Monopoly Money Syndrome”, I stated two problems I had with the proposal of the “No Tax Increase Bond Issue”.
First, as a tax payer on a fixed retirement income I would like to see some of these bonds retired and lower my taxes. Second, when we voted these bond funding authorities they were based on a specific NEED, DOLLAR AMOUNT, and END DATE.
“Indefinite” was not on any ballot presented to the public. I think in today’s market what the Arts Council is proposing is a form of “bait and switch” or “scamming the public”. I leave the choice of terms up to you.
Oh, I can hear the “hue and cry” from all the supporters of Arnold Hall that I’m not “culturally sensitive” to the needs of Lee’s Summit.
WRONG! My wife and I have enthusiastically supported the school music and art programs in the Lee's Summit Schools and the community programs open to the public.
What is hidden from all the talk of Arnold Hall is who is going to pay for the day to day operation and maintenance of Arnold Hall? Things like heat, electricity, water, sewer, janitorial services, building repair and staff to coordinate the activities.
I ask the questions UP FRONT. Not to demean the supporters of the project but to place the long term issues BEFORE the voters versus AFTER with a “NEW” hidden tax.
In cities all across the country tight budgets are closing their “Arnold Hall’s”!
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