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Gnotta: Reader agrees rec fees should be equal in Sun City

Posted 7/14/21

I am in support of Olga Linneborn in her letter (“Still disagree with way fees were changed,” Sun City Independent, June 23, 2021) on Recreation Centers of Sun City fees.

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Gnotta: Reader agrees rec fees should be equal in Sun City

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I am in support of Olga Linneborn in her letter (“Still disagree with way fees were changed,” Sun City Independent, June 23, 2021) on Recreation Centers of Sun City fees.

I moved to Sun City in 1995 when rec center fees were on an individual basis and didn’t mind when it was changed to “household.” Right now my wife and I enjoy the use of the rec centers, but someday one of us is going to pass away and the household income will decrease, making it more difficult for whoever survives to pay those “household” rec center fees.

There are many residents of Sun City who are living on limited incomes and cannot afford to pay the same rec centers fee as those for multiple individuals living in one residence where the income is most likely higher.

On another note, when I moved to Sun City in 1995 there was no “preservation fee” for buying property in Sun City. I cannot remember when RCSC started charging those fees, and cannot disagree with them because it is with those fees that the RCSC Board of Directors are able to update Sun City facilities, add onto/modify older recreation centers and build new ones, and so many other things to maintain Sun City as the best retirement community in the country. Those “preservation fees” occur on a regular basis as people move into or out of Sun City, thereby raising millions of dollars annually for the continuing improvements for all Sun City residents.

That being the case, with all those millions of dollars being collected from Sun City residents, why can’t the RCSC board have some compassion on all the lower-income residents who really cannot afford to pay “household” rate for rec center fees when there is only one person in that residence?

The RCSC board is doing a fantastic job in keeping Sun City a special and desirable place to live. But please take some time out to consider the less fortunate who also wish to live here and enjoy their retirement years in a pleasant and affordable lifestyle.

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