Many taxpayers I have spoken with and I were disturbed to learn that city council plans to use Issue 23 funds to fulfill their self-described "Master Plan" for Northam Park.

To the Editor:

Many taxpayers I have spoken with and I were disturbed to learn that city council plans to use Issue 23 funds to fulfill their self-described "Master Plan" for Northam Park.

Whether or not you are in favor of the plan, please consider whether you expected Issue 23 funds to be spent on many of the "improvements" included in the plan. The technical wording of the Issue 23 ballot was ingeniously sold by the city to fix crumbling streets, public sidewalks and sewers. I firmly believe that most UA voters, were they on city council, would have felt compelled to disclose this planned (estimated) $14 million expenditure.

Council states that the Master Plan is the product of considerable input from the community. If this is truly the case, why would they not have put the matter to a vote?

As I consider the city's work on the park to date -- the dangerous library parking lot, the grandiose entrance, the fact that the pool wasn't maintained and the deception around Issue 23 -- I see no reason to trust this group to decide for us. It is our money. This issue demanded a vote by the taxpayers.

Council members apparently need to be reminded that they were elected to fairly represent the taxpayers. I feel very misled and I support the effort to recall council members who voted in favor of their Master Plan. You won't find it on public record but I would bet my bottom dollar that council members debated whether their plan merited a public vote when they consciously chose not to disclose it with Issue 23.

It is hard to fathom the gall that this takes.

Kirk J. Stalter

Upper Arlington