All through 2008, nary a good word was said about Prairie Creek. Many of us questioned why are subsidizing it with our tax money? Why can’t it be self-supporting?
In the midst of all the turmoil on the condition of PCR, my friend, Deb and I decided to take a tour. Had not been out there in 10-15 years. Much to my surprise it was nice. What was all the hoopla about? One can only guess.
No use dwelling on all the negative, when right before us, the good news. Prairie Creek is on the way to becoming something great!
Take a peek at the highlights from Muncie Star’s front page article.
In previous years, the city not only budgeted more for the reservoir, it also took in less income, meaning the reservoir was subsidized by property tax dollars.
In 2007, city taxpayers spent almost $140,000 on Prairie Creek.
In 2008, city taxpayers spent about $84,000.
City Controller Mary Ann Kratochvil attributed the financial turnaround to a decision by the parks board in January to increase lease fees and user fees.
“There’s no question about it,” she said. Kratochvil said 2009 is the first time the reservoir has been self-supporting in her 11 years working at City Hall.
Some have questioned whether it is the first time the reservoir has ever been self-supporting. Any profits generated at Prairie Creek will be directed to a reverting fund, meaning it will be reinvested in the reservoir.
“I think that’s great,” said Joe Harris, who co-owns Dry Dock Marina across from the reservoir. According to Harris, Prairie Creek fees are still cheaper than those at many reservoirs around the state.
McShurley said the reinvestment in Prairie Creek gives the city the opportunity to “make it just as nice as a state park.”
Source: Muncie Start Press Prairie Creek Reservoir August 3, 2009.
Folks, if people would just quit standing in the way of progress, we could see this in all areas of our local government. Please remember this and don’t worry, be happy.