Chamber endorses pool, gym
The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce is endorsing the proposed public/private partnership and ballot issue concerning a new outdoor pool and public gymnasium.
Nancy Morrissey, executive director of the chamber, explained it is the chamber’s mission to cultivate advancement of the quality of life in the Fairfield area.
“The very real prospect of our children not being able to participate in local sports and recreational activities due to lack of available space is a situation directly in conflict with the goal,” said Morrissey. “Fairfield citizens should stand as one and, as a community, authorize this proposed partnership as an important investment in our children’s future, or more precisely, our shared future.”
The proposal contains two components. The first calls for the city of Fairfield to raise $3 million through Measure A on the Nov. 6 ballot. Residents in Fairfield city limits are asked to authorize 20-year municipal general obligation bonds.
The second calls for the city’s contribution to be met with private donations and grants raised from the Fairfield community and Jefferson County residents.
Together, the collective project funding will be used to build a new outdoor pool at O. B. Nelson Park and a new gym at the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.
Fairfield voters will be asked on Nov. 6 to authorize city bonds of $3 million. The bond issue will be repaid by property tax. The bonded funds would increase property taxes approximately $39 per year on a home valued at $100,000 — 39-cents per $1,000 valuation over 20 years. This limited tax increase is due in large part to extremely low interest rates currently available to cities marketing municipal bonds.
Morrissey said it is the position of the chamber board that a decision in the affirmative on the proposal will provide Fairfield the greatest opportunity to maintain and sustain Fairfield’s community leisure and athletic activities.
Morrissey also said the chamber board is fully cognizant of the monetary resources needed to support the projects, but also realizes the need for children to have somewhere to go after school; somewhere with attractive, wholesome, structured activities.
“Our children very much want to remain active in constructive ways, which these proposed new facilities will strongly promote,” said Morrissey.
Morrissey said the chamber wants to make sure its members’ interests are represented, and that its position on the issue is understood.
“You deserve to have all your questions answered,” said Morrissey. “Please feel free to contact me or any member of the chamber board at any time to discuss our position.”