As was expected and was appropriate,
the Guilford County commissioners last week approved using hotel tax revenues in Greensboro
to help pay for a new aquatics center at the Greensboro Coliseum.
…A group that opposes the swim center had showed at last week's meeting
to ask the commissioners to say no.
The group also has complained that citizens didn't realize that a parks and recreation bond package
that passed in 2008
contained $12 million for a swim center.
They have a legitimate beef on both points.
The swim center was a questionable use of so much public money.
And placing it on the ballot as a parks and recreation initiative was calculated;
swim center boosters knew the idea had fallen flat in previous elections
when listed separately on the ballot.
But the voters, frankly, bear some responsibility for not reading the ballot carefully enough
and for not being more informed about an issue covered thoroughly by local media.
Further, this full-throated debate already has been had."
Except for a comprehensive analysis of the economic impact study?
How about the extra $6 plus million never voted on?
Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board
January 19, 2010