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Ray Rannfeldt

March 4, 2018
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

I had a significant member of our town once tell me, "Well, we can't just roll over and die!" Of course he was talking about spending millions on a project our city did not need but he thought was the answer to our city's future. I don't think maintaining our parks, our cemetery, our city infrastructure, our city equipment, etc. is rolling over. It is, instead, showing our community, and those that would join our community, that we know how to take care of our town. What good is a $1,500,000.00 daycare or a $600,000.00 pool bathhouse/fitness center if things continue to be neglected in our town? This neglect may not be readily apparent right now but when you cut city budgets year after year, they soon will be. Neither of these projects help the bottom line on our city's accounting ledger even though some would have you believe they do. So, if they don't appreciably help put money in our city's coffers and they suck dollars from maintaining our town, they can only be considered as a detriment. That old saying, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." comes to mind as I watch our city dollars being squandered. We have a great $1,500,000.00 daycare, albeit more than our town of 1600 needs, and we could use a new pool bathhouse but neither should be considered in place of maintaining our city. Let's keep up our parks, our cemetery drives, our city's streets, sewers, water treatment facilities, city buildings, etc. Let's regain our focus and put ourselves on a sound financial footing so we don't have to cut budgets, raise the cost of living in Reinbeck and take out more loans to cover expenses. This is not rolling over but rather rolling back onto the road that will return us to being a fiscally sound, desirable and productive community. Reinbeck is a great community that deserves to have its limited tax dollars spent on the city itself before it is spent on what can only be thought of as expensive gambles. Help your City Council see things right.


Ray Rannfeldt




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