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Ray Rannfeldt

December 31, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

Someone that I frequently see as I use the park's fitness trail stopped me at the grocery store and asked when I thought the remainder of the fitness trail would be paved. I told him I didn't think it would be anytime soon because the city donated money to the school's daycare expansion that might have been used to complete this trail. I was delighted in the look of shock on his face because I knew he was one more of us senior citizens that did not know we taxpayers were partially funding the daycare expansion. He went on to tell me what I already knew and have editorialized about and that is how we paid our children's daycare out of our own pockets and never expected to also pay for a daycare building or an expansion through our taxes. I hope he spreads the word to those that do not yet know about our city's plan to donate $180,000.00 to the daycare expansion, that only a small percentage of Reinbeck's citizen's use the daycare but we will all pay for it and that our city is too far in debt to be funding anything that is not directly part of the city's business. Add to that our city's inability to have a balanced budget without cutting many of our city's departmental budgets (parks, streets, EMT, cemetery, etc.) and it becomes totally ludicrous for us taxpayers to monetarily support the daycare expansion project. Let the school subsidize the daycare as it sees fit and let the City of Reinbeck take care of its business. Our City Council should make it very clear that if you stand before the council with your hand out asking for money, as so many have done in the past, you are now likely to leave empty handed. The city has no money to put into outstretched hands except those directly related to city business.


Ray Rannfeldt



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