I read with concern Richard McInnis’ letter to the editor (Feb. 14) that his perception, and apparently those of others, that some folks believe that the Rumford Zip Line will be publicly funded. It will not.
The entire project will be privately funded.
As the Sun Journal’s article of Feb. 5 correctly stated, the town’s role in this matter is limited to a town meeting vote on whether to transfer title of the required land for the project. Upon transfer, that land will then become taxable and a further benefit to the taxpayer.
I was happy to hear my friend state that he will “get the word out” to those he believes are misinformed. I appreciate McInnis' letter, as it provides an opportunity to correct misinformation that could add another obstacle to the many that are still ahead.
As to the reference to the $20 per ride — nothing has been finalized. There are many numbers yet to be determined to make the project both inviting to the public, profitable for the investors and, most importantly, economically successful for Western Maine (particularly the Rumford area).
As for retirees not riding the zip line, how about the 80-year-old at the Fourth of July zip line who had a big grin at the finish.
Let’s not underestimate the “kid” in all of us.
Tom Carey, Rumford