New plan forthe Montrose recreation center

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

MONTROSE, Colo. It's once again up to the people of Montrose whether or not they want to help fund a new multi-purpose recreation center.

"Skepticism has helped make this the best possible plan for Montrose," said Ken Shervenou, executive director of the Montrose Recreation District.

The Montrose Recreation District unveiled their most recent ideas for the center at two meetings Wednesday.

The new plan comes after the original proposal was voted down in 2012. It now includes an exact area of land, 26 acres behind Walmart, that has already been secured for the project.

"That'll hopefully fill that gap in our community's infrastructure and provide a recreation center at that site," Sherbenou said. "And that's something we were lacking previously."

The main question that still remains is how to fund the new facility, so Montrose Recreation District employees are opening up the floor to ideas.

"That's what we're going to be asking people today," Sherbenou said. "Is it a sales tax? Is it a property tax? How do we fill the gap in funding?"

The current Montrose Aquatic Center has a 28-year-old pool and only four work out machines, so some said they will put up with a tax increase for better facilities at home.

"The taxes should go to the community," said Travis Stock, of Montrose. "They should go as close to the community as possible. I would prefer to spend my money locally rather than sending it over to the state of Colorado or to the federal government."

But last year, a 600 majority vote rejected the idea of an increase in residents' taxes.

"It's already been voted down a couple times for a tax increase," said Melissa Sullivan, of Montrose. "Hopefully there will be some creative ideas that will come out from the people that are really working hard to support it."

Sherbenou said the Montrose Recreation District is hoping to get a vote on the new plan this upcoming spring. If voters give the measure their approval, construction would break ground in spring 2015 and the new recreation center would be open in mid-2016.

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