I am writing in response to the letter from Rob Bourdon of Durango (Herald, Dec. 27). In his letter he complains of
rate increases for the Durango Community Recreation Center. He suggests that a compromise would be to lessen the
increase on membership fees, while raising the cost of the pay at-the-door price.
By the term member," I am assuming he is speaking of people who can afford to buy annual passes. These would be
members while those who buy passes at the door are not members.
He then guesses that the daily users are out-of-towners who have no vested interest in the facility or who are
locals who come infrequently." This is his justification to make this type of user pay a higher price so that
members" get a price break. He goes on to justify this thinking because members are the backbone of support for the
Here are my points: Many of those who choose to pay at the door do so because they cannot scrape enough cash together
at one time to actually purchase a multiple pass card.
The pay-as-you-go rates are already higher than the membership pass rates.
Even if the members are the backbone of support, then they are also the ones who are using the most resources of the
center and therefore, should pay their fair share of that use. After all, a machine will wear out much faster if
Bourdon is using it than if a tourist is using it.
The pay-at-the-door users, I would venture, already bear the brunt of covering the overhead costs at the rec center, rather than visa versa.
Everyone who lives in the town of Durango or in the county of La Plata supports the rec center with their tax dollars
in one form or another. So, whether we ever set foot in the facility or not, I would say we, as a community, are all
members and we all have a vested interest in our Community Recreation Center.
Linda Conner, Hesperus