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Portable stage purchase doesn't make sense to letter writer

I am writing this letter in response to the Agassiz Harrison Observer article dated Oct, 16, 2014, “District to buy mobile stage.”  The article states that two people voted in favor of purchasing the mobile stage at a cost of $159,030.

I am wondering how only two people have the authority to spend money that was given to the entire district. Should there not be a public forum, or discussion of sorts with other possible options? Could we not offer up a few other ideas, and have a vote or at the very least give our council other things to consider?

I believe that the purchase of the stage is a waste of our money. We have very little use for such an item and have gotten by for many years with using the Aberdeen area for our small concerts in the park. I am curious about other factors revolving around the stage. Where is it going to be stored, and at what cost? How much will it cost the district to set up, dismantle and have security around it 24 hours a day when in use? Who would possibly pay the $4000 per day to rent it? I can’t think of one local organization that could afford that kind of rental fee.

Karen Hatt