For the week of Oct. 6, 1999 through Oct. 12, 1999
Bond survey shows need for education
By KEVIN WISER
Express Staff Writer
A Blaine County Recreation District bond survey
found that many people dont know the facts about the proposed bond issue, but that
the more people knew about the bond issue the more likely they were to vote yes.
The telephone survey asked 102 residents county-wide about their
awareness of the community recreation bond, their knowledge of the proposed bond amount
and the projects to be included in the bond issue.
Of the Blaine County residents surveyed, 34.3 percent said they
werent aware of the bond proposal. Only 26.9 percent knew the amount of the bond the
recreation district is proposing; and 20 percent didnt know any details as to what
facilities are to be included in the bond proposal.
Asked how they would vote on the $11.85 million bond issue, respondents
answered 49 percent yes, 28.4 percent no, 13.7 percent maybe, and 8.8 percent that they
didnt know how they would vote.
A two-thirds vote is required for passage.
In a breakdown of approval city by city, the survey showed:
"yes" votes would come from 63.6 percent of Ketchums registered voters;
66.7 percent of those north of Ketchum; 44.4 percent of those in Sun Valley and Elkhorn;
60 percent of those between Ketchum and Hailey; 40 percent of those in Hailey; 75 percent
of those between Hailey and Bellevue; 30 percentof those in Bellevue; 40 percent of those
south of Bellevue; and 50 percent of those elsewhere in the county.
The random telephone survey was administered by Pennsylvania-based
Diagnostics Plus and was conducted between Sept. 22 and Sept. 26 at a cost of $3,500.
As a result of the survey, the recreation district, the Blaine County
Youth Partnership and volunteers on the Community Recreation Bond Committee will be
working hard in the next month to insure that residents of the Wood River Valley
understand the proposal and the issues involved.
The projects that would be funded by the Community Recreation Bond and
estimated costs include:
· North Valley Aquatic Center, $5.3
· Community Recreation Center, $5.8
· Mid-Valley Active Park, $700,000.
· South Valley projects, $70,000.
The North Valley Aquatic Center, to be located at
Ketchums Park n Ride lot at the corner of Saddle and Warm Springs roads, would
· A 7,500-square-foot leisure pool with
four lanes for lap swimming, a shallow section for young children and a water slide.
· Two large natural hot water pools and
three smaller therapy pools in a naturally landscaped setting.
The Community Recreation Center, to be located in Hailey adjacent to
Wood River High school, would include:
· A 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art
· A 7,250-square-foot gymnasium.
· A 4,000-square-foot community center and
· Additional exercise rooms, community
meeting room, daycare and recreation district offices.
· An 8,500-square-foot indoor aquatic
· A 2,500-square-foot outdoor kids pool.
The Mid-Valley Active Park proposed for Ohio Gulch would include:
· Fields for soccer, rugby and Frisbee
· A hard-surface court for such sports as
roller hockey and tennis.
· Picnic areas.
The south valley projects would include:
· A small park in Gannett.
· Park improvements in Picabo and Carey.
In an effort to provide residents with every opportunity to learn about
the bond election and the facilities being proposed, the recreation district will continue
its schedule of 25 days of forums which began last month and will continue through
The forum scheduled for this week includes the following times, dates
· Atkinsons Market in Ketchum, on
Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.
· Northridge Neighborhood meeting, on
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
· Hailey Rotary, Thursday at 12 noon.
· Brown bag lunch, Friday at 12 noon at
the recreation district office in Hailey, and to be continued every Monday through
The rec district, along with Sun Valley Living, will also provide an
education web site to inform residents about the bond issue. The site is scheduled to go
on-line today. The address for the web site can be obtained by calling the rec district
office at 788-2117.
Passage of the Community Recreation Bond in the Nov. 2 election would
result in a property tax increase of $12.85 per $100,000 property valuation.
The success of bond proposals in past elections has varied.
Historically, a two-thirds vote is difficult to achieve on any issue in
any community, particularly where a number of people live on fixed incomes.
However, a bond election in 1988 for the recreation districts
Wood River Valley Trails system received an 80 percent approval rating from Blaine County
voters. According to recreation district director Mary Austin Crofts, after 10 years, the
majority of the community considers the trails system to be a great investment for the
Wood River Valley.