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Utility fees, taxes will pay for ‘Y’

Posted: September 27, 2012 7:47 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.


When the city council refused to honor and accept the petition concerning the erection on the proposed Y, I decided to attend the council meetings.

I wondered, “Why did the mayor and fellow council members refuse to listen to over 1,700 registered voters of Camden?” Upon entering the chamber, the “odor of Denmark” was noticeable.

The response by the mayor and council was to not recognize the presented petition by the 1,700 and substitute their own version written by an attorney no longer on the payroll of Camden. Again, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!!!”

Since over 1,700 citizens of Camden agree that the city’s plan for the Y is not good for Camden, I began my research of the previous Ys in Camden. Where were the Ys, who operated the Ys, and why did they go “belly-up?” With DuPont in full swing at the time, with the support of DuPont, many with high salaries, a booming economy, why did they close shop? There were several reasons, but one constant factor -- little community support!!

With 1,700 citizens standing against the Y, how can our mayor and council truly believe in the success of their Y? Where will the financial support come from? Out of the blue?

One group may be able to give support. The group that stated in their letter to the Chronicle-Independent and explained, “a great place to chill out.” Perhaps these are the teenagers that Mayor Graham plans to give free memberships. If so, when they “chill out,” adults who pay dues will leave the Y as rats from a sinking ship.

Without members sufficient to meet the cost of operation, the shortage must be made up. How?? By large increases in our utility fees (electric, sanitation, sewer), and increases in taxes.

Are you in favor of these increases??

If not, then vote no to the Y!!



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