To The Editor
April 13, 2009
Grant applications for pea patches in Mirrormont a big waste of moneyUp until a few days ago, I was president of the Mirrormont Community Association, serving a community of more than 600 homes on the south side of Tiger Mountain.
This year, the association is applying for a grant through the King County Parks Department for $10,000 to build a small pea patch that will serve 14 families.
I have resigned in protest, because I do not believe, especially in today’s economy, that it’s a wise use of our tax dollars. If you do the math, that averages out to $714 per person to build a 10-by-20 pea patch. We, the taxpayers, are financing a private garden for 14 people.
I have e-mailed the county person in-charge, T.J. Davis, about my concerns. The grant requires matching funds, but that can be met through volunteer hours, which usually get grossly fudged. Ours is not the only incidence. There is more than $100,000 available this year for this program.
To add salt to the wound, King County granted the association $100,000 a few years ago to build and maintain a small community park. This has actually been a very good program. However, the association is sitting on $27,000 of unused park money that could be used for this pea patch, instead of wasting more of our precious tax dollars.
It’s time to say enough with these foolish and wasteful programs. The people applying for the grant believe it’s free money. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t give it to them.
Brian Laughlin, former president
Mirrormont Community Association