CARD promises aquatic center, really ...

CARD promises aquatic center, really wants bond to pay their pension premiums

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Juanita Sumner

Paradise, CA

#1 May 6, 2013
Chico Area Rec District (CARD) has circulated a petition suggesting that if Chico residents will pay a bond or assessment on their homes, CARD will provide a new aquatic center.

I attended the April board meeting - board members agreed an aquatic center is unrealistic.

They really need the money to balance their books after they bottomed out their "activities" and "capital projects" funds to make a $400,000 payment to CalPERS for their retirement premiums.

Here's the information regaring CARD salaries and benefits, at the State Controller's website:

http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/SpecialDistri...
TSQ

Pearl City, HI

#2 May 8, 2013
Juanita Sumner wrote:
Chico Area Rec District (CARD) has circulated a petition suggesting that if Chico residents will pay a bond or assessment on their homes, CARD will provide a new aquatic center.
I attended the April board meeting - board members agreed an aquatic center is unrealistic.
They really need the money to balance their books after they bottomed out their "activities" and "capital projects" funds to make a $400,000 payment to CalPERS for their retirement premiums.
Here's the information regaring CARD salaries and benefits, at the State Controller's website:
http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/SpecialDistri...
Hi, Juanita. It is nice to see you back on Topix after what seems like a long absence (maybe you've been gone since the Chico ER Forum and Topix went their own separate ways about two years ago). I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future, although I am sure I will disagree with many of them. But I am glad to see you back here participating again. Hope to read you again soon. Be well.
Kracked Pot

United States

#3 May 8, 2013
The idea of Chico building an aquatic center is ridiculous. The city is basically broke because of the wild spending that the liberal city council has been embarked upon for the last 10 years!

An aquatic center will cost millions to build and maintain but will have very limited sources of revenue. Swim teams and summer public swim programs will not even come close to paying the bill. A very bad idea for a town that has a big budget and poor revenue stream!
sports coach

United States

#4 Jun 2, 2013
I would not support a penny of extra money going to CARD. They are a nonresponsive typical govt entity. Their field coordinator is an ass. Excuse me, let me pay you for using the fields. They act like they are doing you a huge favor by letting you pay exhorbitant rate sfor their fields. If you are not a "card" program you treated like shit. If they manage their retirement like they do their fields no wonder its in the shitter.
Juanita Sumner

Paradise, CA

#5 Sep 28, 2013
CARD is looking again to place a bond or assessment on the ballot for an aquatic center. They held a meeting Sept. 23 to try and get a community committee together to come up with a way to persuade the voters to pay for it. Former CARD director Jerry Hughes and current director Steve Visconti told the 40 or so people (mostly Aquajets) who attended to keep an eye on a series of state constitutional amendments that will lower the required number of votes to pass a local tax increase from 66 2/3 to 55 percent. The survey they ran last spring indicated they would never get the 66 2/3, so they want to wait until these amendments get passed.

Please write to Jim Nielsen and Dan Logue and remind them you don't support these amendments. And you could write to CARD and tell them you won't support any tax increase, they should do some private fund raising if they want an aquatic center.
Ruth

United States

#6 Sep 29, 2013
Hughes envisions competitive teams, recreational swimming, lessons and other activities at the center, which could go on about 10 acres of city property near Marsh Junior High.
Hughes hopes whittling off the extra projects from the master plan, and focusing on the aquatic center might increase support.
Ruth

Chico, CA

#7 Oct 1, 2013
$6.2 million found for capital projects, but The city’s oversight board that gov­erns the successor agency to the redevel­opment agency voted Monday to approve an expenditure agreement related to the proceeds, and approved the recognized obligation payment schedule for January through June 2014. The schedule is routine business but now reflects the $6.2 million in bond proceeds. No mention of the Aquatic Center.

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