SRC will seek two mill hike for operations, center

By Rod Haxton, editor

The Scott City Recreation Commission will increase its general fund taxing authority by two mills - or nearly $200,000 - in a resolution that was adopted by the commission and the USD 466 board of education.

The resolution is subject to a protest petition that will need to be filed with the Scott County Clerk within 30 days of the resolution’s final publication in The Record which would be Dec. 27. If that petition is certified by the clerk, the mill levy hike will be subject to an election of voters within the school district.

The purpose behind the tax hike is two-fold.

The SRC has been experiencing a tighter budget in recent years as activities and programs have continued to expand, SRC Director Lauren Robinson told the board of education on Monday evening. The plan is for one mill to be used for general operations.

“We need a one mill increase just to maintain our current level of services,” said Robinson.

The SRC board is also looking for extra money in order to update an aging underground irrigation at the Sports Complex that has experienced numerous line breaks and wasted water.

“When we had the auditors going over our books they said that a town our size should have three or four mills for the operation of a recreation commission,” Robinson noted.

 

A second mill would be earmarked for debt retirement of a planned community wellness center.

A committee that has been developing plans for the center is expected to unveil a proposed structure within the next few weeks. Tentative costs are estimated at $2.2 million for a building, to be located at the Sports Complex, that will include two gyms and offices for the SRC.

The county has set aside $500,000 for construction of the wellness center. The city has been asked to contribute $25,000 annually toward the facility, but it has not made a commitment to the project at this point.

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