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Taxpayers will have to pay up for new fields

Dixon School Board members have become members of the Loyal Order of the Secret Squirrel Society where everything is done behind closed doors! It’s a “need to know,” and the taxpayers don't need to know!

It is nice of them giving us such a nice gift. It will be Christmas in July. The best part is, we get to pay for it ourselves.

They are not putting a sports center or high school on it yet. It would be used for athletic fields. We have tennis courts, baseball fields, softball fields. I thought this was the Park District’s job? By the way, cross county involves running cross country, not around a flat cornfield.

The number of people and trades the school district will employ is mind blowing. First, we'll need architects and engineers to lay out all the fields, while still saving room for the future high school and athletic center.

Next, we'll need water, sewage and electricity run to the areas. Then will come roads and parking areas.

Finally, state-of-the-art athletic fields. It will be the biggest project the school district has ever undertaken.

Brinton Avenue is one of the busiest streets in Dixon. This plan will increase traffic by three or four times, at least. The existing road will not be able to handle it. Land will need to be taken on either side of the street to widen it and turn in to four-lane raceway. How much is this going to cost, $20 million or $30 million? What will this add to property taxes, $400-$500 a year?

Once we have this thing of beauty, the school district will need to hire more groundskeepers and buy more mowers, plows and trucks. We will also need an assistant supervisor. The city of Dixon will probably need to hire a few more police to patrol Brinton Avenue and the grounds. 

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