Into the Nuts and Bolts of Wildomar Parks

With the official passing of Measure Z, what is the next step for the community of Wildomar and the Wildomar City Council?

The Riverside Registrar of Voters has certified the election results and Measure Z has passed. While that marks the end of a very long road to creating a funding source for our parks, it also marks the beginning of a new road toward developing and maintaining a park system that fits the needs of the community.

It’s not going to be easy to identify exactly how to achieve that goal. Part of the City Council’s job will be to review each of the parks and identify what physical improvements each of the existing parks could benefit from and then set priorities to match the budget.

The most important “To-do”, to most people in the community, is to define the “When”. Our new Parks Tax will not be collected until 2014. That’s quite a ways into the future. We have already seen how hard the non-profit “Friends for Wildomar Parks” has struggled to keep Marna O’Brien open, and has found only a limited success. Even with their hard work and good intentions they are currently thousands of dollars in debt to the utility companies. Leaving the park, solely in the hands of this non-profit doesn’t appear practical.

The City Council does have the option of temporarily funding parks until the park tax funding is available. A question that has come up in the community is, “Can the City Council borrow from their back-up fund to re-open the parks and pay that back over time from the Parks Tax”? While this sounds interesting and possibly a positive move, there is little doubt that the City Council will have their legal staff review this, in detail, and identify exactly what the state law says on the issue.

These issues will need to be addressed over the next couple of months and an initial set of goals identified to get the parks moving in the right direction, but don’t expect this to be a slam dunk. We will have Parks, We will have Events, We will have Activities, but we can’t expect City Council to rush this. The community has decided it does want parks, but we also understand the community wants to see this done correctly, even if it takes a little longer to get the plan just right.

Yes, Wildomar will have Parks, but that’s just the answer to the first question.  I believe it’s important for the City Council to hear from the community on this issue.  Please take the time to come to the next City Council meeting or send in your comments prior to the meeting.

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Ken Mayes December 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
We need to take the money and pay off what we borrowed for animal control the last two years 100K and what we borrowed from the county almost 5 years ago 1.3 Million that is due by the end of June.
Ken Mayes December 04, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Peanut To answer your question about the number of dogs licensed in California you can go to http://saveourdogs.net/category/legislation/track-record/. The same information is available from the California Department of Public Health, Riverside County Department of Public Health as well as L.A, Orange County, San Diego, etc. People just don't license their dogs. Currently there are 2,239,620 people living in Riverside County using the federal census calculator this would give Riverside County 484,000 dogs. Riverside County as of June 2011 has 130,874 dogs licensed right around 27%.
Diana December 05, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Rumor has it the Martha has filed a lawsuit regarding the passing of Measure Z, she also has posted a quite lengthy statement of facts under Local Voices, but closed it to anyone being able to comment on her statement?
The Teller of Truth December 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
No one actually reads whatever Marfas 'rants of the day' are. She closes her rants to comments because she thinks that some of us are paid by the city council to monitor her & put her in her place. She is delusional as well as chicken. ANYONE can contest the passage of any measure if they file their challenge in a timely manner. That doesn't mean anything more than a cynical old biddy trying desperately to remain relevant again. Hope that clears it up for ya.
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