Chalet Hills debacle

To the Editor:

Since July 25, I have attended two meetings of the Cary Park District Board to learn about their covert attempt to purchase Chalet Hills Golf Club for, on the order of, $2 million. At the first meeting, the parks board declared that it didn’t have to answer any questions from the concerned citizens who were there, and board members vehemently denied any knowledge of an interest in Chalet Hills.

On July 28, the Northwest Herald wrote that “The Cary Park District has confirmed it is discussing whether to buy Chalet Hills Golf Course.” At the second meeting, the board declared that we could ask questions after the closed-door session.

I found it disturbing that the parks board told taxpayers that it did not have to answer our questions. After the second meeting, the board informed some of the concerned citizens that “… the board has limited its discussion [about buying the Chalet Hills Golf Club] to closed session.”

Why is the Cary Park District going to such extremes to keep the purchase of the Chalet Hills Golf Club from the taxpayers? This matter should be decided by public referendum.

I have been told that to stop the park district from the Chalet Hills debacle, public opinion must show an undeniable disapproval of the purchase. The park district board will meet Sept. 27. Consult the park district website for additional information.

Cary has 20 taxing bodies; the park district is the fourth highest.

Mike Owens

Cary

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