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April 9, 2007

Park Place

The City Council is considering charging a fee to those who use city parks for overnight camping.  The assumption is that overnight campers use more of the park's amenities--garbage cans, rest rooms, etc.  OK, but what about the people who have birthday parties that last for hours at a park--they barbeque, use the restrooms to shower off and clean up, and certainly fill the trash bins beyond capacity at times.  How do you differentiate an overnight user vs. a big daytime user?  Where do you draw the line?

And if we start charging extra for those who use extra recycling bins, do we end up discouraging people from recycling?  In a "community," people are supposed to work together, in essence, for the good of the entire group, sometimes even if the "good" doesn't affect them. We need to be careful that we don't go too far in tacking charges on here and there which might discourage activities and usage of the very systems we want people to use.

Private school parents pay state taxes that go partially to our public schools, and everyone accepts that as part of the "one for all and all for one" rule of citizenship.  Let's be careful not to start targeting certain users of certain services which could invariably lead to negative repercussions or lead to cries for more targeted charges in other areas.  Think about it....

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