Thursday, May 8, 2008

'No' To Rec Center, 'Yes' To The Rest

“The people of Laramie County did not go for a new community and recreation center in the Capital City. With support from 45 percent of the voters in Tuesday's sixth-penny sales tax election, the $58 million facility ($55 million was on the ballot) will not be built in Cheyenne, unless city leaders find some other opportunity to fund it. After several years of planning, dozens of public meetings and with construction documents in hand, voters turned it down. This is the second time voters have not supported a recreation facility for Cheyenne: In 1996, voters rejected spending $20 million in sixth-penny sales tax money on a recreation facility. ‘In spite of a lot of political rhetoric and a lot of political fluff trying to say it was a need, most voters can think on their own, and I'm glad of that,’ Burns Mayor Vernon Testerman Jr. said. ‘Hopefully it's a wake-up call to the Cheyenne political leaders to say, 'Hey look, we need to think about what we're doing next time.'”

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