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Does anyone use mason jars to store money for living expenses? People always say the government should be run like your family budget. They say the government should not have debt. But most households have debt, like credit cards, student debt, car loans, a mortgage on the house, and maybe a home equity loan.

Our city has a bunch of these debts, like mason jars, that pay for things like water, sewage, and housing. Our 0.5% recreation sales tax goes into a pool and parks fund. There is now a ballot to decide whether the city should borrow $7 million or $8 million for new swimming pools and a two-story building. (Which is it, 7 or 8?) Here’s the thing, how many different “pots” should we look at to find out what’s good to spend.

A new roundabout is a pot for sure. There’s talk of a new stretch of road to 8th Street in Merrill. What about expanding public services for all the new people coming to town? Many people say there is a need for affordable housing in Carbondale. They don’t give that. And then there’s my pet peeve, what should we do about climate change? We’re supposed to have a plan on how to get there. Where is the budget or the fund to deal with climate change? There are forest fires everywhere.

So when I think of swimming pools, what don’t we envision doing?

patrick hunter


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