I am writing in support of the Snow College Community Development Center. Many of the arguments circulating may not be considering the long-term view of the question.
1 - “People outside of Richfield should not be paying for Richfield’s pool.” If that was truly the question, most of us would agree. However, this project is much more than that. This community development center will be located on the Snow College Richfield campus and is important in the growth of the school. Fostering student life is critical if we want Snow Richfield to grow and a facility like this is a crucial aspect of that development. Snow College President Brad Cook stated that every dollar invested into education in a community turns into seven dollars in the form of jobs and other spending. We need to invest in the growth and development of our community. We need to create enough good jobs in our community to allow our children to work and raise their families here instead of moving to the Wasatch Front.
2 - Another statement I have heard is “Let’s spend money on something that will pay for itself,” to me, this is like a farmer buying a tractor and then expecting that tractor to “pay for itself.” The tractor will not pay for itself; the tractor is a tool.
Its purpose is to help grow a crop and that crop will make the tractor payment with hopefully a little left over. This community center is like a tractor. It’s a tool that fosters development at Snow College and the entire community. It may not pay for itself outright, but investment in Snow College and recreational facilities for the community are critical for continued growth.
3 - “We don’t support it because Richfield gets everything.” With this being on Snow College’s campus, there is no other logical place for a facility like this. Talk dividing us into North Sevier, South Sever and Richfield is divisive and damaging. We need to put aside high school politics and see that the development of Snow College benefits all of us.
When voting on this facility, please consider what you would like to see our little valley become in 10-20 years. We are making a very important decision. Do we want to foster development and education in our community or do we not? Investing in Snow Richfield is truly an investment in our community’s future.