To the editor,

We would like to commend mayor Droste and the city council for having the courage to allow the voting public to help this great community start to catch up with much needed amenities such as the proposed athletic complex and the renovation of the previous St. Joe's facilities.

We feel we are fortunate that our children had the opportunities to participate in all of the RAAA activities they did. It is important that the present families with young children in the community have the same opportunities but we also must think to the future for the families that are not yet here. If steps are not taken now to try to keep up with the pressing need for these facilities, it will only get more difficult and much more expensive. We have all read the statistics regarding the benefits, both socially and physically, of being associated with positive extra curricular activities.

Having had the privilege to serve on the RAAA board of directors for several years, we have seen the increasing number of children participating in the multiple programs that RAAA offers. It is wonderful that the numbers are growing, but with the growth have come the facility concerns. Program seasons have been reduced, practice times for some programs have been cut in half, and the last couple of years, it has been necessary to limit the number of participants in some programs. It does not seem right that a child wanting to play recreational baseball is not afforded that opportunity.

Is there ever a good time to ask the voters for an increase in their property taxes? Probably not; however, the two improvements being voted for on April 22 will not become less expensive. We have all witnessed the absurd cost increases in everything, especially anything construction related. The voters are extremely fortunate to have a fine neighbor such as Flint Hills Resources who made such a generous donation to our community. We have heard comments saying that this donated land is not in an ideal location. However, if you take a look at which direction Rosemount is growing, this area will eventually be an integral part of the city. Had the city purchased land'closer in, the additional cost would have been in the millions of dollars. If the bond referendum is approved, the approximate cost to the average Rosemount homeowner will be $85 per year. That's less than a quarter a day. We can all relate this to something we spend money on each day. Again, is there a good time to ask homeowners for a property tax increase? No, but this is an investment in Rosemount's future that should not be ignored.

Michele and Ken Snare,