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Kirksville Council outlines intended plans should parks sales tax pass

Kirksville City Council members are making it clear that they support the highly discussed parks and recreation sales tax. (KTVO File)

Kirksville City Council members are making it clear that they support the highly discussed parks and recreation sales tax.

If passed by voters on April 4, the proposed half-cent tax would generate an estimated $1.2 million per year.

Those funds would then be used by the parks and rec department to improve and better all city parks.

On Monday night, council members were asked to approve a Statement of Intentions, which reflects what the city hopes to accomplish should the tax pass.

Council members have expressed a desire to construct a new aquatic center.

The estimated cost for a new facility ranges between $4 million and $7 million.

Council members also intend to convert the existing aquatic center into a community center.

At this time, there is no cost estimate on that proposed project.

Should the tax pass, the city is also interested in reallocating the funds in the General Fund that are currently designated for city parks to instead help support emergency services.

That $330,000 would be used to help the Kirksville Police Department retain and attract officers.

Because land lines are diminishing, funds generated for E-911 services are decreasing.

As a result, the reallocated funds would also be used to help the Central Dispatch Center.

Council members say the Statement of Intentions better communicates to the citizens what the city has planned should the tax pass and funding become available.

The statement received unanimous approval.

On Tuesday, March 21, voters will have a chance to learn more about the proposed tax and those running for seats on council and school board.

The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidates' forum at A.T. Still University's Interprofessional Education Building (Room 151).

A meet-and-greet will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the forum will begin at 6 p.m.

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