As proposed, the recreation facility would include a workout room, basketball and racquetball courts, tumbling area, climbing wall, a running track, spinning room, multipurpose rooms and an enclosed turf field. The North Summit School District offered to sell the Recreation District a parcel of land across from North Summit Elementary School for the facility.
According to North Summit Recreation District Administrator Michelle Peterson, the recreation board held a number of public meetings and repeatedly heard from residents that the $15 million bond would make property taxes too high.
"We have decided to lower the bond amount for the center to $8.5 million so there is less of an impact on residents' property taxes," Peterson said, adding that North Summit residents will vote on the proposed bond and recreation center this June. "We are hoping to still include the elements that we had before, but make the center a little smaller and have a different design. Less square feet means less tax."
The proposed $15 million bond would have raised North Summit residents' property taxes by $78 per-year for a property valued at $100,000. The new $8.5 million bond would raise the tax on a $100,000 house by $44 per-year. The average property value in North Summit is $232,000, according to the Summit County Assessor's office.
"We heard a lot of different comments from residents," Peterson said. "There were strong supporters who wanted to make it work and then those who were concerned about the tax impact and size."
Suzie Leyba, owner of the Camperworld Echo Island in Coalville said her business has recently been hit hard by different taxes and that each new one is felt by business owners.
"We had to start paying more for a sewer tax, and then this recreation complex tax would be another addition," she said.
Wanship resident Marci Hansen said the area has no potential for new growth and that most residents were unaware of the proposed recreation center.
Vicki McCluskey, owner of Vic's Pizza in Coalville said that while it would increase the tax rate for her business, she thinks it will be well worth it.
"Even with the $15 million bond, my tax rate wouldn't go up so much that I would go out of business or have to raise my prices," she said. "It isn't really a concern for me. I know everybody would use it all the time so I think it is something we need. The town needs to grow, and along with that comes higher taxes for facilities such as this one"
Peterson said they are hoping a new design plan will be ready this week. The new blueprints and bond amount will be presented during a public hearing in front of the Summit County Council on Wednesday at the Coalville Courthouse.
"The new bond amount is a good compromise because it still allows us to have the amenities people want but for a smaller price tag," she said. "We knew the first bond would be a stretch, but it is our job to present the projects to the community and then let them decide."
Peterson said residents can comment on the new proposed bond during the public hearing or contact the North Summit Recreation District at www.nsrecreation.org