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Letters to the Editor

Taxpayer should have say in community center project

I recently wrote an Opinion letter bringing to light the magicians of the #Dixon Strong Leadership Team’s vision for a community center, which I pointed out is nothing but a new way to describe a sports complex.

Since that letter was published on Sept. 9, I have been contacted by a member to assure me and to clarify my misunderstandings.

Since the conversation, the leadership team has conducted meetings – but they are not open to the public – and conducted a survey. Now the ringmaster is very excited about the results. His comment was “real good support and interest”. His exuberance comes because 1,143 people responded – less than 8% of the population of Dixon – and 47.4% said they were happy.

If this would have been put to a vote, your community center/sports complex would have been defeated, like the last two times.

The #Dixon Strong team was given an offer by Kitzman’s Lumber to exchange properties, which makes more sense than anything. There is no reason to need 40 acres for a community center.

I know people have said that the Kitzman’s Lumber property is in a flood plain. As long as I have been in Dixon and as of Oct. 6, 2019, as high as the Rock River is, Kitzman’s is bone-dry. The location is perfect. Some of you are probably thinking I’m going to benefit somehow for suggesting this, but I don’t even know the owners.

The only people I want to benefit from this charade are the citizens of Dixon – and I mean the young and the old.

The lack of clarity and inclusion is not good. The taxpaying people of Dixon, not just a few people, deserve honesty and the right to have a say on this issue.

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