WEBB CITY, MO.--- The city council in Webb City decided tonight on a potential aquatic center for the community. The council still has a lot of information to figure out before they can present it to the people to vote on for the spring ballot.
"We have a lot of work to do before now and then. We really need to make sure everybody gets the ample information of what is being done or what is planned to be done, and then in April we will let the voters decide," said Carl Francis, Interim City Administrator.
Webb City's City Council decided to put on their spring ballot the option of whether or not residents want to fund the center. The city is asking for a $2.5 million bond to fund the project. The facility would be 7,000 to 8,000 square feet in King Jack Park, located near the amphitheater and Mining Days building.
"We are looking at all the possible locations that we can put a pool, and looking at the operational costs and maintenance," said Tom Reeder, Director of Parks and Recreation Department.
Right now it is unclear of what the plans of the facility will include. Interim City Administrator Carl Francis says they hope to gather enough information for the public so they can make an informed decision.
"We'll conduct public meetings, we will have some gathering of information and we will see exactly what the citizens are willing to pay for it," said Francis.
Francis says if the $2.5 million bond was to go through today, it would raise the property tax in Webb City for the average citizen $35 a year if you owned a $100,000 assess value house. This would be in order to fund the construction of the facility. Webb City Resident Cythnia Young says bringing an aquatic center to the community has many benefits.
"Health benefits, being active at a pool. This is a clean, healthy family facility that they can all go to. I can't imagine anybody not voting in favor of this," said Cynthia Young, Webb City Resident.
"Hopefully, at the end of this process we will have a facility that the City of Webb City and their citizens can be proud of," said Francis.
The city council says if the plan for the aquatic facility passes in the spring and they're able to get funds finalized, they hope to have it ready for summer of 2015.
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