GRAND LAKE: Saying yes to the proposed area rate increase of 6.2 cents for the Grand Lake-Oakfield Community Hall is saying yes to an investment in the community.
That’s how Oakfield resident Bob Moody summed up why he would be voting in agreement with the proposed 6.2 cents per $100,000 assessed home value rate.
Moody was among 30 people who attended an information meeting where the reasons behind the Grand Lake-Oakfield Community Society request for the area rate increase was relayed—for upgrades to the tune of $325,000 at the hall. One of those reasons is the expectation—although nothing’s confirmed yet—that the Station 43 fire department will be vacating the basement of the hall, and thus leaving the society to make up for the lost income from the fire station.
“What you’re doing here as a group, not just the hall, but everything as a group is something very special, I consider it a gift for me and my family,” said Moody. “$40 per $1,000 assessment is a lot of money. When I look at my tax bill and what that’s going to mean to me, it’s a lot of money. It’s a significant amount, there’s no way around that.
“I’m not one to throw a dollar away. I know most of the people on the volunteer board, I trust them and very appreciative of the process they’ve led us through, widely consulted.
“Janet (my wife) and I talked about what are we going to do? We’re going to vote yes, because it’s the best thing to do long-term for the community.”
He explained why he thought voting yes would be the right thing to do.
“It’s an investment and protects all the good things that have been done, going back generations,” said Moody. “I don’t discount that it is a lot of money, but I think it (the increase) is the right thing to do for the community. I think everyone will benefit from it.”
Moody spoke of the joy seeing the playground brings him and others he knows.
“Watching that playground develop, and I go by it two or three times a day,” he said. “I smile every time I see young kids there. It was an awful lot of work.”
He is also thrilled with discussion of the trail expansion and construction, as he currently uses Oakfield...