Tea Party makes a splash on the taxpayer’s dime
The Tea Party affiliated members of your town council have made a not so transparent nor well thought out decision to spend nearly $400,000. Yes that’s $400,000! On a limited use splash pad for an aged community. Really!?
Anyone who has lived in Payson for any length of time is fully aware that the town is in dire need of a covered indoor aquatic area that can be enjoyed by everyone year-round. Students for a swim team, children for swim lessons and provide aquatic activities for seniors. A reasonable annual pool pass could offset cost and pay for maintenance.
How about we join the majority of the 21st century and provide a vitally needed covered aquatic area and not squander our precious tax dollars and our limited water resources on poorly planned Tea Party pet project that has limited use and staggering future maintenance costs? We are going to pay for equipment that sits around for nine or so months of the year unused.
Splash pads are fraught with disease. Bathing codes insufficiently address sanitation issues in spray parks. Cryptosporidium (crypto) has become recognized as one the most common causes of water disease within humans in the U.S. A crypto infection may be life-threatening. One child with a soiled diaper, pet urine, bird droppings or animal feces could poison all our children.
The use of potable water, sending it to waste or collecting it for re-circulation, is no longer acceptable by almost all health and safety organizations.
Staggering maintenance costs, health issues, filtration issues, a limited shelf life and limited seasonal usage make this a poor taxpayer investment.