So, here is the truth about parks and recreation spending in our valley compared to Wildomar. Some people are willing to mislead voters to get their way. The opponents of Measure Z want to compare lil ol’ Wildomar’s services to New York City! How in the world do you begin comparing Wildomar with the most populated city in the United States which runs schools, courts, hospitals, and even provides funding to a university? Wildomar is a small, family oriented community. It’s just not the same! To make that comparison is just silly. It’s like comparing apples to onions. Anyone ever eat an onion pie for dessert?
Thankfully, we have intelligent people in Wildomar who can make decisions based on factual information, not just made up numbers. The truth is Murrieta spends $116.42 per resident on Culture and Recreation. Temecula spends $188.47 per resident on Community Services. Like Murrieta, Temecula includes maintenance and recreation services in their overall budget. Similarly, the $300,000 that would be raised with Measure Z would include maintenance and recreation services. Now, we are talking “apples to apples.”
Measure Z would provide Wildomar with its community parks and recreation budget. Using the same comparison to our neighbors, Measure Z will allow Wildomar to spend $9.32 per resident on maintenance and recreation services. It is modest in comparison to our neighboring cities. However, it’s a small amount of money to pay for restoring recreational services, maintaining safe playground equipment, maintaining clean restrooms, restoring safety lighting and removing graffiti -- and it's a small price to pay for increased quality of life. Hiding half of the equation to mislead Wildomar residents is just plain wrong. But then the opponents are the same people who say they care about the community but do nothing but sabotage all the potential solutions.
When Measure Z opponents start comparing apples to onions again, to convince you it’s the truth, you might want to peel back that onion. What you’ll find is that they keep changing their story to fit their desired outcome. They do not have Wildomar’s best interest in mind. If they did, they wouldn’t be making up facts by comparing us to New York City. It’s insulting to all our intelligence. I guess it shows where the opponents are coming from. They clearly don’t think much of our residents. Besides, I’d rather have Wildomar’s residents be served apple pie this election (a.k.a. the truth).
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