Kent voters will have the chance to vote on a property tax levy meant to fund construction of a recreation center located on Middlebury Road.
The bond issue will be for 2.28 mills and cost taxpayers an additional $88.19 per $100,000 in property value, according to Kent City Council Clerk Tara Grimm.
City Council voted 8-0 this week to send the issue to voters. The bond would raise $17.5 million over 28 years.
The recreation center would be located at the corner of Middlebury Road and Haymaker Parkway, across from Fred Fuller Park, according to Parks and Recreation Director John Idone.
Idone said the city has a basic idea of features it would like to include in the estimated 73,000-square-foot center, but not detailed layouts. Features may include gymnasiums, a child care area, a track, a multipurpose classroom, cardio, free weights, group exercise rooms and an indoor turf field. No pool is planned.
"Really, the interior spaces could go up or down; some things might be added," he said. "There might be an opportunity to put some alternate bids in that would include a third gymnasium, possibly."
While the construction of the recreation center facility would be paid for through the bond issue, operating costs likely would be funded through user fees, partner income and a portion of the annual recreation budget, officials have said.
I don't think this is worth the cost. There are more creative approaches to addressing this community need than an expensive bricks and mortar project that doesn't address all of the needs and interests of the community.