Someone has their own ideas of what “making Janesville a great place” means but is being misleading on the topic. They’re choosing not to see the many businesses that already are here and offering health and wellness opportunities.

Commerce, nonprofits and real people will be negatively impacted if the city’s “strategic planning” goes forward on a feasibility study for an indoor sports facility. The city wants to find out if it can build another (branded as the first) indoor sports facility. Yet, the city already has more than 15 gyms that are maintained by taxpayers—school gyms. These are used by parks and recreation.

Building another facility is government directly competing with commerce, and this competition will negatively affect commerce. Taxpayers would have their monies used to build the facility and then still have to pay to sign up for any activities. Businesses would have to raise their prices, while losing customers and still paying for all their employees (probably not hiring any further or firing entry-level workers). Taxpayer monies will be used to promote a taxpayer-funded facility while your business would continue to have to pay their own advertising.

Janesville area already has indoor options for its citizens: Yoga Inner Bliss, Fun 2 Fab Fitness, Fab Girl Fitness, CrossFit 608, SOL Fitness, Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center, Rendered Barbell and Fitness, SCC Fitness, Janesville Athletic Club, Anytime Fitness, YMCA, CSA Kids Sports, Planet Fitness, private trainers and churches.

HOLLY LEBECK

Janesville

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