Would McLaughlin Privatize Public Facilities?

Here is a question from Kahului resident Rhonda Glass. Would you advocate privatizing certain facilities (such as the public pools, tennis courts, golf courses, etc.), as well as certain services, such as residential trash pick-up and curbside recycling/recycling centers?

Yes as long as pools and tennis courts remain free facilities for the users.

Thanks for question. That was easy to answer.



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2 Responses to Would McLaughlin Privatize Public Facilities?

  1. Rhonda Glass says:

    Erin, that makes no sense. Perhaps a private entity would offer some sort of discount at the pools, etc., but that entity still needs to be able to financially support itself. When I was a kid, we purchased an annual family pass to the local pool and we went as often as we wanted. That certainly could be an option. The point is, swimming pools and golf courses are not considered “necessary” items. Not everyone uses them, like we do roads, water, sewers and such, so I believe that the people who do make use of those unnecessary items should be the ones to pay for them. Our tax dollars are supposed to be used for those things that an entire community needs and uses, including fire and safety personnel and services, and even public parks and other public common areas.

    As for residential trash and recycling, those things can be done more efficiently and less expensively when contracted out to private companies. Right now, they are being done by unionized Civil Service employees, which we all know is about as expensive as it gets.

    Thanks for answering my question so quickly!

    • I am fine with pools and tennis courts having vendors and paid advertisements at the facilities. However, I don’t feel that exercise is something people should have to pay for. The tennis courts and pools are a free resource for those who can’t afford gym memberships. That is important to healthy lifestyles. There are other ways to generate income without charging to use the facility and I feel that should happen.

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