Rec and park bond: No decision yet on potential vote
June 24, 2011
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A bond measure to tax residents for construction of an aquatics center, performing arts center and two new trails precariously awaits final survey data to help decide whether it makes the Election Day ballot.
Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District directors met Thursday to review the bond’s potential for a November vote; however, due to a lack of information, the board pushed a potential vote to a July 5 board meeting and#8212; the last day a decision can be made in time to qualify for a November vote.
Results were not fully prepared Thursday from a voter survey conducted by TBWB Strategies and Godbe Research, and neither was information from a pair of studies conducted by local stakeholders expected to reveal how $6 million could be shaved from the total cost of the aquatics center.
Steve Randall, general manager of the recreation and park district, said while survey data is inconclusive, initial findings show people are not overwhelmingly in favor or against the idea.
and#8220;Preliminary results of the voter survey at this point are very close,and#8221; Randall said.
That closeness could jeopardize the bond, considering a two-thirds majority needed for adoption.
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The $6 million aquatics reduction puts the entire bond at about $12-14 million, which, if approved, would be paid annually over 30 years by district residents.
The initial proposal would have allotted $12.5 million for an aquatics center, $6.5 million for a performing arts center and about $8 million for the Legacy Trail, Tahoe Donner Connector Trail and the Brockway Trail completion and#8212; a total of $27 million, less $7 million in leftover funds from the recently built community center.