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Letter: Pony up baseball community!

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 2:29 pm | Updated: 7:02 am, Mon Sep 8, 2014.

As I see it, the voters rejected Kyrene School District’s bond override, the Legislature has reduced school funding, the Goldwater Institute threatens lawsuits to municipalities that provide services that can be provided by the commercial market.

KDS has the principle responsibility of providing staffing and facilities for its students.

As a property owner, an appreciable part of my property tax goes to funding our schools. I see no reason why KDS should use my tax dollars to subsidizes a private organization’s activities. KDS should seek full cost for providing its facilities.

If private volleyball organizations can seek out and obtain commercial facilities, then maybe Pony baseball can approach the Gila River Indian Community or others and lease out some of their fallow land and develop the fields. If the market forces are there, then Pony baseball should be able to find a competitively priced facility. If not then they need to pony up.

Stephen Dempsey

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