The City of Merriam has released a video covering the upcoming community center ballot initiative. The video highlights issues at the Irene B. French Community Center and Merriam Aquatic Center and features residents sharing their views on the future of recreation in Merriam.
Between Aug. 25 and Sept. 15, Merriam’s registered voters will decide whether to vote YES and approve a new $30 million community center and pool at Vavra Park or vote NO and the City would use an estimated $20 million to make repairs and renovations at the two current facilities.
The $30 million community center would be paid for with $24 million in bonds and $6 million in budgeted money from the Capital Improvement Program. A YES vote would also include approving a new 10-year quarter-cent sales tax to help cover the bond payment. The sales tax would take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Studies show that about 82 cents of every sales-tax dollar collected comes from non-Merriam residents.
Studies also show the IBFCC and MAC need an estimated $20 million in repairs and renovations to help bring them up to modern standards, including being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The City is offering guided facility tours to show maintenance and repair issues in person.
Doing nothing is not an option – please vote!