Jim Lash has written in support of his wife’s current pet project, the Byram Pool. I’m disappointed to learn that because, until now, I thought the man was a champion of careful stewardship of the taxpayer dollar, and hadn’t realized that he’d sell us out for domestic peace.
But here’s what I just noticed, buried in his opinion piece:
[T] he project has been developed and partially funded by the Junior League in an effort co-chaired this year by Sue Rogers and [my wife] Debby Lash…. The league has contributed $40,000 to architectural and engineering design costs and is considering a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million as part of a public-private partnership to fund the project
So there is no Junior League funding for this folly, nor is there a commitment to any; they might try a fund raiser, they might not, and they’re silent on any sort of guarantee that any particular amount will be raised, if any at all. They come up with a do-good idea, we get to pay for it.
If the good ladies of the Junior League think the poor of this town should have a new pool, I suggest they back their compassion with full funding. The project’s estimated cost has already climbed from $7 million to $13 million before anyone’s even settled on a design, let alone broken ground, so it’s an easy prediction that the $13 will double again. From what I understand of the membership of the League, they, or their husbands, like Jim Lash, can easily afford to pay that tab.
And if they aren’t willing to, why should taxpayers be forced to support their good intentions?