Friday, December 3, 2010

Fitworks competes with business

BRCD's newly opened Fitworks program at the old high school seems to be an example of unintended government competition with private business. Tax dollars make up 40 percent of BRCD's budget while donations and program fees each contribute another 30 percent.

Space rental, equipment and personnel costs are significant in private business and I'm assuming the tax-supported Fitworks budget doesn't have to operate within these profit-driven constraints. However, I admit that I have not done due diligence in researching the Fitworks capital outlay and operations budgets.

Would it be appropriate (fair) for BRCD to set up shop on the bike path and rent skis in the winter and bikes in the summer when other local businesses already provide these services?

There are many sides to this issue and I support the Community Center philosophy. However, our local businesses do not need competition from a non-profit, tax-supported organization.

Government should be careful to not compete with the private business engine that drives our local economy.

Roger Olson


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