Troy Residents Pass Tax to Fund Aquatic Center

Area residents can look forward to “taking a dip” in a city aquatic center in Troy over next year’s Memorial Day weekend.

In a light turnout on June 7, the one-half cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax in the City of Troy was passed.  With less than ten percent of the voters going to the polls, the measure passed with 62.2% of the votes cast.

“We appreciate the support with the passage of the issue”, said Troy Mayor Mark Cross.  “We now will continue the process of building a nice facility for families, fixing the streets and providing sewer improvements.

Mayor Cross added the city has already discussed the next step with Westport Pools; the company the city has contracted with to build and manage the pool.  The city will work quickly to have the bonds to sell.

The funding is expected to raise approximately $1 million per year, which will finance construction of an aquatic center on property just west of the current city hall on Cap-au-Gris,  which is adjacent to the Troy Fairgrounds Park (city park).  Funds will also be directed to street and sewer improvements.  The pool is expected to be completed by Memorial Day 2012.  City property taxes will also be lowered by approximately 15 cents as part of the plan.  This should be reflected on the tax statements mailed later this year.

Mayor Cross indicated the implementation of the additional one-half cent sales tax will be applied no earlier than October 2011 but more than likely in January 2012.  “We have been told it usually takes two fiscal quarters before the tax can be added”, he said.

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