Whether to fund Montrose rec center will be on April ballot

Come April, Montrose voters will be asked to choose whether to increase sales taxes slightly to pay for a multimillion dollar recreation center.

Voters in 2012 denied a similar ballot measure for a community recreation center.

Supporters said members of the Montrose Recreation District board have listened to concerns of former detractors and said they have worked to develop more community partnerships to ensure the endeavor is successful.

Montrose’s community recreation center, which is planned over four phases, is expected to cost up to $25.5 million. The center would be paid for by a 0.2 or 0.3 percent of one-cent sales tax increase on those in the Montrose Recreation District boundary, which extends into Ridgway.

Montrose city councilors on Tuesday night unanimously approved putting the question to the ballot.

“I have not heard any constituents say they can’t afford 30 cents on $100,” said Montrose city councilor David Romero. “The biggest supporters are the single income earners. I think you don’t know until you take it to the voters.”

The facility is planned for a 26-acre site east of the Walmart Super Center between Ogden and Woodgate roads.

The site already has been purchased for nearly $300,000 by the Montrose Recreation District. A grant from the Department of Local Affairs paid for a master plan of the site, according to information on the city’s website.

If constructed, the center would run a deficit of $161,655 a year, after revenues from user fees were accounted for, city data reported.

A first phase would include an indoor play area for young children, a pool and a therapy pool, areas for racquetball and group exercise, treadmills and a second-floor walking track above a gymnasium.

Ensuing phases would include amenities such as a dog park, refurbishing an indoor soccer field, creating other multipurpose playing fields, a playground, an amphitheater and lighted ball courts.


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