KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – A new sports complex is in the works in Kearney, but for the town to move forward, it needs the approval of residents.
To help rally support from the community, the Place to Play committee held a town hall meeting Monday at the Harmon Park Activity Center. They talked about how the sports complex is funded, why it is needed and how it helps.
The 215,000 square foot sports complex is set to be built across the river from the Fairfield Inn and Suites on West Talmadge Road. There will be several courts and fields for people to use at their discretion, as the city is currently running out of space.
The project is expected to cost between $29 million and $34 million, but half of that, or about $17 million, is already being funded by the state through LB Bill 39. The city could not have secured the financing had it not been for the construction of the new Crowne Plaza next door.
“They want to build businesses that can support that, so if you can show that you’re building businesses around a sports complex, you can qualify for LB 39 which would cover up to 50% of the cost of the facility,” Square said. to the Chairman of the Gaming Committee, John Garner.
Now all that’s left for the city to do is find the rest of the funding for the project and they already have a solution in mind. They want to use food and beverage tax funds, but need residents’ approval to do so.
“Guys, it’s a penny for every dollar. It’s 1%. It’s a dollar in a hundred if you eat out,” Garner said.
On November 22, ballots will be mailed to registered voters to decide whether or not to use the food and beverage tax. Garner said he had to be turned over to the office of election commissioners by Dec. 14 to be counted. If people don’t get it in the mail within seven days, he suggests dropping it off in person.
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