Letter to the editor: SSPR needs your support

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SSPR needs your support

As a member of the South Suburban Board of Directors, I encourage a yes vote on 7A. The language in the “against” section in the blue book disparages 7A with non-factual statements and partial truths that misrepresent our budget and our process. The most egregious of these claims is that 7A somehow gives SSPR unrestricted ability to increase taxes. This is false. 7A only asks voters to allow South Suburban to maintain revenues at current levels. This fact was crucial to my support of 7A.

Our budget process is and always will be transparent and open to the public. Budgets are derived from our five-year capital improvement plan and our three-year budget plan.

The author makes a vague reference to purchases of vehicles and specialty equipment…that will be underutilized and should be rented or contracted out,” without specifying which equipment or demonstrating any real knowledge of its utilization. The SSPR staff continually makes lease/buy trades to obtain best value. Our three-year budget plan specifically addresses vehicle replacements as it would be fiscally irresponsible to try to maintain this equipment beyond end of life.

In the past four years, SSPR has seen revenue losses of $1.8 million due to adjustments in the residential assessment rate set by the State Legislature. Your elected Board of Directors has worked with our staff to mitigate these impacts. Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to the people of our district to ensure that going forward our revenues remain consistent. Please join us by voting yes on 7A.

David Lawful

Treasurer, South Suburban Parks and Recreation Board of Directors

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