Carl Junction Voters Will Decide Whether or Not to Build a New Sports Complex

Published 01/24 2014 09:02PM

Updated 01/24 2014 10:45PM

CARL JUNCTION, MO.--- Carl Junction residents will see a new issue on the ballot in April. City council members held a special meeting tonight, with the goal to decide whether or not to put a new $2 million sports complex on the ballot. Council members discussed both sides of the issue, but ultimately decided to leave it up to the voters.

"That's the way it should be. That's democracy in action," said Mike Moss, Carl Junction Mayor. 

A big question was up for debate at tonight's city council meeting in Carl Junction. Members had to decide if residents have a say in whether or not to build a $2 million dollar facility.

"It is for construction of sports and recreation facilities, which can include baseball and softball fields," said Steve Lawver, Carl Junction City Administrator. 

Council members had their own opinions about the complex, which caused them to question if the issue should even make it on the ballot. Those in favor of the complex say the existing facility is rundown, and they want to give kids new fields to play on that they can be proud of. While others say they like they idea, they're not sure about how the city would pay for the upkeep of a new facility. The $2 million bond would only cover construction.

"We do not have a revenue stream at this time, to be able to maintain the facility properly, I believe," said Mark Powers, Carl Junction Ward 3 Alderman. 

After much discussion, council members put their personal opinions aside and reached a decision. 

"Sometimes people feel like there isn't a say, like the council does things without their approval, even though they're voted on the council. This is the council putting it back to the people, and like I said, democracy in action," said Mayor Moss.

Planning is still in the early stages and city officials say they're still looking for about 30 acres of land for the complex. They also say adding the complex would cost residents around 15 cents per $100 on real and personal property taxes. Residents can vote on the issue on April 8th.

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