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Fayetteville city leaders OK hefty parks proposal

Posted July 9, 2012
Updated July 10, 2012

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— Fayetteville City Council on Monday night approved a $45 million proposal to build up public parks.

Council members voted 6-4 in favor of the bond package. The money will pay for four outdoor pools, three neighborhood parks and several other public sports parks.

Critics said the proposal is too costly and consists of too many projects.


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  • superman Jul 10, 2012

    How about seeing if they can get private companies to build the pools. Charge admission-- that way the people who use the pools are the ones who are paying. I dont see any reason that I should pay taxes so that you can go swimming and having fun while I am at work. Maybe they should have public parks but swimming pools, bowling alleys, movies and all the rest should not be at public expense. I think Rocky Mount might have learned a lesson.

  • justabumer Jul 10, 2012

    poohpdoo, I agree that the city needs more recreational facilities and that tax moneys should pay for them. My disagreement is with using property taxes to pay for the stuff since only a portion of the population is doing the paying. A sales tax increase would have required everyone to help shoulder the burden.

  • poohpdoo2002 Jul 10, 2012

    The point is: Fayetteville is too big of a city with a large population to have only ONE public pool! And it's located in a part of town that no one really wants to go to. So that leaves the YMCA and wherever else they can find a pool! Can't go to apartment complex pools because those are for the residents of those particular complexes. Plus, the parks that they have now are still located in a formation that leaves a lot of people having to still travel a little far to get to a park. So I don't see anything wrong with it. As long as our tax dollars going for something that will make the community a better place to live, then I'm all for it.

  • justabumer Jul 10, 2012

    Can anyone explain why the word "until" is considered to be offensive?

  • justabumer Jul 10, 2012

    Once again the property owners are being forced to carry the load with no contributions from those who don't own property. A more fair way to finance these projects would be with a sales tax increase.
    Someone mentioned a hope that the Big Bang hostages would get a reasonable share of this "progress". I was a victim of the Big Bang annexation (before I moved out of the city) and would be willing to bet that the majority of this money will be spent closer to downtown.

  • ICTrue Jul 10, 2012

    What the heck, it's only money. Maybe they are banking on obama getting tossed out at the end of the year and the economy starting to turn around.

  • kermit60 Jul 10, 2012

    A very costly project especially when you consider the cost of maintaining the pools and having life guards. I see a tax increase comming.

  • piene2 Jul 10, 2012

    Fayetteville badly needs more pools and parks. I just hope that the Big Bang hostages to the west get at least a small part of the new facilities.