The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department has raised $7.5 million out of $10 million toward their pool and gym project and a vote in March could add a million more.
In November, county residents voted against redistributing their local option sales tax and partially funding the project. The vote failed to pass by about 25 votes, but will be back on the ballot March 4. Those involved in the project hope the community will rally around the pool and gym and see it as an asset to their town.
With the $1 million of funding combined with grants and private donations, the department would be very close to reaching their goal and taking the next steps.
"We would go out for bidding for the outdoor pool, hopefully the grants would come through and then we would finish up with the gym design and start breaking ground," said Derik Wulfekuhle, Director of Fairfield Parks and Recreation.
The election in November did not include the 4,300 rural residents of Jefferson County, and 500 signatures from these residents got the issue on the ballot in March.