Woodland Park to weigh $24 million ballot measure

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Woodland Park residents will decide whether to increase the local sales tax rate to 4 percent from 3 percent for 20 years to build a $14 million, 45,000-square-foot YMCA family fitness center.

The City Council on Thursday sent the measure to the April 6 ballot after proponents raised an adequate number of signatures to force it onto the ballot.

Plenty of heartburn is awaiting Woodland Park voters, it would seem, judging from comments the Independent has received so far. One resident called it an "overly ambitious project" with "frivolous toys." Another opponent labeled the project a "wreck" center.

Mayor Steve Randolph, who worries the project could force the city to fund recreation at the expense of basic services like police and streets, urges residents to attend a speech about economic conditions locally and nationally.

Brad Spivey, Park State Bank & Trust chief investment officer, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at the bank, located at 710 Highway 24. Spivey will discuss economic sustainability, deflation and inflation and the government stimulus package.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to Barbara at 686-5231.

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