Taxing districts and lottery money usage are quite interesting.
Our Urban Drainage and Flood Control District seems to have an unlimited amount of funds, so we see barely flowing or dry creek beds with unnecessary cement reinforcements and phony rock ledges made out of rippled cement.
Our lottery funds are constitutionally entirely dedicated to trails and open space, as is a portion of our gambling taxes. So, we get many, many acres of open space and well-kept trails and new trails. Also, many counties and cities have a special open space mill levy.
At times, the Drainage District and the trail folks work together on spending money, so we see unnecessary bridges crossing those dry creek beds - high water-type bridges - just in case, once in 10 years we might have some high water flowing - and the trail only goes to another neighborhood - and there is another easy trail around it.
In the meantime, schools are laying off hundreds of teachers, individuals with disabilities are waiting 20 years for critical services, roads are getting bad.
While I love the neat trails and acres of open space, something just doesn't add up!!
Last edited by DnvrFox; 02-07-10 at 07:26 PM.