Lonsdale residents to vote on Community Center in general election

By Wade Young

People in Lonsdale have discussed having a community center for years—a place for seniors citizens to gather, organizations to hold meetings, and a library to hold books so the young people in the community have a place to go.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Lonsdale residents will decide whether they will pay for a proposed Lonsdale Community Center that will give them everything they’ve been talking about.

On the ticket at the general election, will be two questions for voters to determine the amount of money they will support. The first question must pass for the project to move forward. The second question adds additional amounts for more construction.

Question One calls for $3.95 million to build a senior center with kitchen, library, community center with meeting rooms, recreational center, multipurpose gymnasium and the first phase of a water park.

Question Two would provide an additional $850,000 for an outdoor ice rink and warming house, more water park features, a picnic pavilion and park, and more parking.

In addition to the bond cost, which would pay for construction of the center, operating costs and maintenance would cost an estimated $214,000 annually. Revenue from rental and activity fees would defray some of these costs.

The proposed 52,000 square foot center would be located on the properties on Main Street and 80th Avenue.

The tax impact of the referenda for the first year for a $150,000 home is estimated at $400 a year for Question 1, and an additional $82 a year for Question 2. That amount is expected to decrease each year as the city’s tax base increases.

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