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Grandview parks service board meets to get fact sheets ready for the public

GRANDVIEW - If the Grandview Aquatic Family Center bond issue fails, it's not because the people behind the bond issue haven't been thorough in their efforts to present the facts clearly to the Grandview voters.

Wednesday, the Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Area Board met to review an information sheet being mailed to each household within the board's service area.

The bilingual mailer outlines the Grandview Aquatic Family Center bond proposal, which goes before the voters on May 17. The flyer will be appearing in Grandview mailboxes by April 21. The Board plans to have the flyers in Grandview homes to coincide with the issuance of absentee ballots which go out on April 27.

Yesterday afternoon, the Board reviewed the information on the mailer and offered suggestions to make it as clear as possible. "We don't want to cause more questions surrounding this issue," said Board member Pam Horner.

The board approved the mailers, which explains in detail what the voters will be approving with their "Yes" votes.

The passage of the family aquatic center issue will cost property owners an estimated 88 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. For example, the owner of a $75,000 home will pay $5.50 per month or $66 a year in additional property taxes over the course of the 25-year bond.

"We want voters to know that the time is right to go forward with this project," said Board chair David Copeland. He said the bond, which was suggested and failed in 2000, is being reintroduced to the Grandview voters in a better situation.

"The bond climate is more favorable now and the city is realizing increased tax revenues thanks to the Wal-Mart distribution center," Copeland said.

While cautioned by Grandview City Manager Jim Sewell that the fact sheet can't contain any speculation about future growth in Grandview, the Board felt it was important to let voters know that the tax bases in Grandview are on the rise.

"The future growth of our community will help to spread out the tax obligation of the bond issue. I think voters need to know that," said Horner.

According to Sewell, the growth in Grandview is evident by the potential 570 new housing starts being planned in Grandview, information the Board asked to have included in the flyer.

Horner also asked that a paragraph be included in the bond mailer addressing future family and season pass fees.

"We just want to be as clear as possible that this is a good bond and the aquatic center will be of great benefit to the quality of life in our community," she added.

The board, which is seeking approval of a $6.8 million bond issue to build a new aquatic center, has been careful to address the concerns of citizens participating in focus groups.

Horner said she continues to field questions from citizens. She told the Board she had taken an opportunity to share information with the Grandview Kiwanis Club prior to attending the Board meeting.

If approved, the new facility will be built and in operation by the summer of 2006.

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