What the moneys for
Thank you for alerting Morrisville voters that the Town Council is considering diverting bond money sold to voters for one purpose to another use not approved by voters.
Its shocking to think that just three months after the referendum, the Town Council would risk significant damage to voter trust with such an ill-conceived action. At issue is the recent $5.7 million parks and recreation bond, which had $2.5 million slated for renovating the Morrisville Aquatics Center.
Your Jan. 27 article alerted me that Mayor Jackie Holcombe advocated shifting the funds to support creation of a new downtown main street. My point is not about the worthiness of either potential investment, but rather what voters view as an abuse of process.
The controversial downtown project, an apparent favorite of Mayor Holcombes, per the article, was not on the November ballot, nor did the public score it very highly in town surveys of potential future capital projects.
The funds raised by the referendum were marketed as being earmarked to renovate the aquatics center on Morrisville Parkway, not to kick start the downtown project, as the article says, which is under discussion for a location a few miles away.
If this downtown project is a superior or worthy use of tax proceeds, then I suggest Town Council put it on a future referendum ballot for voters to decide. Town Councils unilateral determination that it knows better and can wantonly divert large amounts of earmarked tax monies to its own pet projects deserves caution.