Published in the Oct. 15 edition of the Explorer.

This is exactly right time for Naranja bonds

I have never written a letter to the editor before, but feel compelled to express my support for the Naranja Town Site park bond issue.

The latest letter about the timing of the bond vote talked about the state of our economy and how crazy it was to embark on this project at this time. How short-sighted can we be?

In a prior life, I was the chief financial officer of a major financial institution. In terms of financing efficacy, now may be exactly the right time to get this project going.

Our community needs these facilities. Our child has left the nest, so we are no longer parents wanting to avoid going across the county to find a soccer field. If we want Oro Valley to continue to be a place where people want to live, and raise families, and enjoy our fantastic Sonoran Desert, then we should support this bond issue.

I can almost guarantee that a number of people who have been active in opposing this measure will love a walk through the park and use it regularly. We’re an outdoors people, and this is a project that this town needs to get going at this time. Contrary to many recent articles, I believe this park will positively impact our property values.

Come on, folks. If you own a $250,000 property this bond issue will cost you about $100 a year! Get on board with this, please.

Michael Morgan

Oro Valley

Mom of three wants to help pay for Park

I am writing in regards to the Naranja Park bond. I am a mother of three boys, who are involved in sports year-round. I am a resident and taxpayer of Oro Valley. As a taxpayer, I am willing to pay the approximate $9 extra a month, for the Naranja Park. Why? Because my sons and their friends are respectful kids, who love to skateboard, play football, baseball, soccer and basketball. Even though they enjoy skateboarding, they are still honor roll students (despite the stereotype). This park will not bring hoodlums, as I have heard someone say. Just great, all-American kids, who need a place besides Marana’s skate park and our streets to skate.

This park will open up more baseball, softball and soccer fields. This is so important to us because our children are playing organized sports games till 10 p.m. on school nights, due to Oro Valley’s lack of fields available.

My question for Oro Valley voters is, did you have parks to play your sports in when you were a kid? Did you play your organized sports games till 10 p.m. on school nights? I know I was in bed by 8 p.m. every school night, even though I played multiple sports. I also know that adult taxpayers took care of us, when we were kids, by making sure we had enough parks to meet our needs.

Is approximately $9 more a month in taxes so expensive that we can’t provide this for our own kids in our community? I think not, just give up two Starbucks drinks a month and then you can afford it.

So, if you disagree with the park bond, I ask you for these reasons, to please reconsider. If you are in favor of the park bond, I ask that you make it a priority to get to the polls and vote.

The Madril family

Marcos, Kelly, Brandon, Cole and Drake

Let’s get behind park bond issue

The Naranja Park Bond issue is an important step forward to benefit citizens of all ages in our community.

There are insufficient park facilities for our growing population. The Town had the vision to buy the park land many years ago and hire consultants to develop facilities for sports, trails, tennis courts, skate parks, etc. Now we citizens are being asked to support a secondary bond issue which will cost about $ 10 a month for a $300,000 home over 25 years. This amount would be much higher if we had to start from scratch by buying the land and developing it now.

The park location is in the middle of our town and is an ideal location for its citizens. Let’s get behind this bond issue and vote yes for this needed amenity.

Marilyn Cook

Oro Valley

Higher property taxes only make things worse

Recently, your newspaper printed a letter to the editor from a self-described “liberal Democrat” who expressed disbelief that high taxes / property taxes (many of which are getting higher) were forcing people from their homes.

He found my assertions regarding the need to lower tax rates objectionable and bragged about leading the fight against capping the rates at which our property taxes could be increased. The topic is important enough that I feel compelled to reply.

While this particular liberal Democrat might not believe it, times are tough. Our economy is facing a number of challenges, income growth is relatively stagnant, yet our tax burden continues to grow. As government takes more and more, we have less and less to give it.

One area where this is true is our property taxes. Folks in Pima and Pinal counties are paying increasing property taxes, even as home values are tumbling. For folks who are on a fixed income, more taxes can make the difference between staying put or selling their home and moving into a smaller home where the bills will be reduced. The Pima and Pinal county governments have, as public record, properties that have been lost by homeowners who could not pay their property taxes.

I’m not surprised by a liberal campaigning for higher taxes. I just find it remarkable that he does so completely unaware of the financial problems that people are facing in today’s economy. Lower taxes, increased wages and more jobs will fix our problems, while higher taxes will only make things worse. So I’ll keep on campaigning for lower property taxes and leave it to homeowners to decide which of us is making the most sense.

Al Melvin


Retired teachers believe in park

My husband and I are retired educators. Our children are grown and out of the house.

We believe in the Naranja Park. We will all benefit from the park, young and old. The few dollars a month cost is an investment in our children and Oro Valley’s future.

Please vote yes on Bond Question 400.

Rachel Rulmyr, Ed.D

John Rulmyr

Oro Valley

Park would have real, positive impact on OV

Just over eight years ago, the town purchased the land that is now the Naranja Town Site. A citizens committee was formed, and they received input on what amenities to have in the park. A master plan was formed, and a year later the town adopted it.

Over the past two years, it’s been my honor, as a member of the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, to be a part of a planning group, along with professional engineers / planners, town staff, GOVAC and others to “tweek” the master plan. All the original elements are there, they’ve just shifted a bit.

There were several open houses held to educate the public on the proposed park and again, valuable input was obtained. Earlier this year, the mayor and council voted to place a $48.6 million project on the ballot in order to seek approval of a bond issue to start the park construction. This bond issue would build the infrastructure, pavilions, baseball, basketball and soccer fields in addition to a BMX track, skateboard park and dog facility.

This park would have a real and positive impact on the town. Property values would increase on homes in close proximity. The additional amenities would boost economic development. In addition, regional events would put dollars in the surrounding businesses. Having enough athletic fields to keep our youth busy should have a favorable impact on juvenile vandalism. Parents would gain valuable time by not having to drive considerable distances to take their children to sports related activities.

When you have sufficient facilities, the parks and recreation department can put on a wide variety of programs for our growing population. Right now, we are so “under-parked” the department can only provide limited programs with the few facilities they have. In these tough times in our economy, we need to invest wisely to protect our investments. I believe supporting the Naranja Town Site would be a wise investment in the community, the town and the future. Please support us with a “yes” vote for Question 400 to support funding of the Naranja Town Site that will start the first phase of construction.

Dennis Ottley

Oro Valley

Color-blindness would regress

The only people who are putting race into the presidential campaign are the liberal Democrats.

Barack Obama himself continually reminds us that he is a black man. I see him the same as Sarah Palin … they are both human beings.

The biggest indicator of race occurs at Barack Obama’s church of 20 years. I realize that the writer of the “bridge between the American Races” editorial probably only watches mainstream liberal media news, but if you have ever seen Rev. Wright’s (Obama’s pastor and friend) sermons and his spewing of hate whitey speech and hate America speech, one realizes how much Obama is the source of the racial divide problems.

I believe if he becomes president you will see our progress at becoming a color-blind country regress 50 years.

Dana Oman


We can’t afford a new park in ov

The Naranja Park project in Oro Valley is unrealistic. The Oro Valley Web site is informational to a point. It does not address that the town still owes money on the park’s land acquisition.

And, what about maintenance and operation costs for the park? Does our esteemed TOV council plan to hit us with another bill for these items? The way TOV is operating, I would suspect so. Me thinks our TOV council have their heads in the sand, as do, unfortunately, proponents of the bond issue that expect me and others opposed to the bond issue to pay for their recreational enjoyment. So what is the matter with the existing parks in Oro Valley?

Take a real good look at your Pima County property tax bill and envision what this 52 cents per $100 assessed market value of your property will look like. Are you still buying those extras at the grocery store? Gas prices may be coming down, but still $3 plus a gallon is still outrageous.

Has anyone in your family or a friend lost their job lately? What is the foreclosure rate in your neighborhood? Think about it, if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it! We cannot afford the Naranja Park project, so don’t buy it, vote no on this pork barrel bond issue.

Mrs. Lou Keesling

Oro Valley

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