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Opinion

January 20, 2013

Goshen public should take community center referendum seriously

Thanks to a 4-3 vote by the Goshen City Council last week, voters in Goshen — and most likely all eligible voters within the boundaries of Goshen Community Schools — will have an opportunity this spring to decide the fate of a proposed community and aquatics center near downtown.

If the proposal were to proceed as is, the $27.6 million structure would be built on the west side of the Millrace on the site of the former city garage. That facility would include an aquatic center with a wellness and therapy pool; a recreation pool and a competition pool; a gymnasium and fitness center with an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts and rooms for aerobics and other fitness classes; and family and activity rooms with meeting spaces for clubs, small groups and community events.

In addition, around $7 million in renovations and construction at both Goshen high and middle schools would reclaim current pool spaces and add on to fitness areas. Both schools’ outdated pool areas would be converted to new spaces to help alleviate space problems in music and other programs, according to project coordinator and former GCS Superintendent Bruce Stahly.

Basically, the city and the school corporation would split the nearly $36 million price tag bundled into a 20-year loan. School trustees are expected to officially send its portion to referendum with a vote on Jan. 28. Therefore, Two questions would appear on the special referendum ballot – the community center question and the school improvement question.

The real question is, can Goshen taxpayers and business owners afford this? A median homeowner in Goshen with a house assessed at $107,200 in value can expect to add $84.48 per year to their property tax bill. Over 20 years that adds up to $1,689.60.

The Goshen City Council could have killed the plan last Tuesday by voting to deny the referendum. We would not have blamed council members if they had. Even some of those who voted for the referendum admit the community center proposal is too costly as it currently reads. We tend to agree.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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