TROY — The city of Troy voters will consider an additional 10-year 2.01 mills tax levy to fund recreation projects on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The levy was initiated by a grassroots organization called “Operation Recreation 2020” and is not a city-led effort. According to chairman Bobby Phillips, the levy is expected to generate approximately $947,000 per year. For a homeowner with a $100,000 property value, the tax would be approximately $70.35 per year.
The levy will appear as “Issue 3.” A vote “yes” would support the levy; “no” would turn down the levy.
If passed, the levy would generate approximately $8 million over the 10-year period for proposed Duke Park North baseball and soccer field expansion and improvements, Miami Shores golf course clubhouse renovation, repairs, and maintenance at the Troy Senior Citizens Center. Phillips said if the levy is passed, the committee would then seek private donations to make the effort a private/public funded endeavor to raise $4 million to complete the scope of the project.
“The largest driver (of the Operation Recreation 2020 levy campaign) was moving the Troy Junior Baseball complex into the city and being able to provide a complex where all skill levels and ages of baseball and softball players would be able to complete their seasons and bring tournaments to our City as an economic development driver,” Phillips said. “The philanthropic folks who have donated tens of thousands of dollars to fix flood damaged Knoop Field on County Road 25-A have told Troy Junior Baseball they can no longer continue to support the facility due to the reoccurring flooding.”
“Followed closely by completing the Duke Park facility with the addition of soccer fields and critical infrastructure needs, making facilities more attractive for rental and putting the golf course in a positive light to generate more revenue along with rehabbing the Troy Senior Citizens Center.
“We encourage voters to support the Operation Recreation Park Levy as this is a Public and Private partnership to get these projects completed. The projects affect a large cross section of ages, abilities and activities for residents and visitors of Troy,” Phillips said.
The committee’s priority list of projects if the levy would pass with Duke Park North recreation field expansion which has been estimated to cost up to $9.5 million for nine new baseball fields, three full-sized soccer fields; $400,000 for Duke Park infrastructure; $1 million for the park’s existing development and $300,000 for a new park department maintenance building.
Once the Duke Park North expansion is complete, the Miami Shores Clubhouse renovations would be next on the list of priorities. The golf course upgrades have been estimated to cost up to $1.5 million, including $1,250,000 for clubhouse and land renovations and a $250,000 driving range at the course.
The third and final component of the levy proposal includes $100,000 to fund the Troy Senior Citizens Center’s improvements. A breakdown of the costs include a $25,000 metal roof replacement, $5,000 for re-siding, $5,000 for foundation drainage, a $5,000 shuffleboard court, $15,000 for sidewalks and curbs, $10,000 for interior renovation, $5,000 new doors and windows and $30,000 parking lot resurfacing.
If the levy fails on Nov. 8, Phillips said it could take up to five years or “never” to complete the projects the committee has proposed.
“Some of the projects targeted have been on the drawing board or wish list for seven or more years,” Phillips said. “We are particularly looking forward to Duke Park being completed. Some of the projects may not go forward if we are unable to raise our $4 million private money. If the levy fails none of these projects will go forward, which would be very disappointing.”
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