July 29, 2014

Sugar Creek hopes to build a wellness center with bond proceeds

The wellness center, expected to cost $1.28 million, would be on the site of the old post office at South Sterling and Thompson avenues.

Sugar Creek wants to spend up to $1.5 million to turn a former post office into a wellness and community center, and is asking residents to back a bond issue on Aug. 5 to accomplish it.

City Administrator Ron Martinovich said the city acquired the building at South Sterling and Thompson avenues in 2012, and previously owned the two-acre plot on which it sits.

“It all started back in 2007,” Martinovich said. “The city did two feasibility studies and a quantitative analysis. The study examined three different locations within a half-mile of Sterling and U.S. 24 …. and 76 percent picked a wellness center at that site.”

Once the site was acquired, Martinovich said, the Board of Aldermen hired a design firm to come up with the plan that is the basis for the bond election. The cost estimate is $1.28 million, he said, and a four-sevenths ye” vote would allow the city to issue up to $1.5 million in bonds to execute the plan.

Passage would authorize a tax increase of 23 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for 15 years. That comes out to $66 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Right now, Sugar Creek levies $1.13 per $100 assessed valuation. That is made up of $1 for general purposes and 13 cents for public health activities. Thus, approval of the bond issue would push the total property-tax levy to $1.36 per $100 of assessed valuation.

The center would have meeting and child-care space, fitness equipment, restrooms, showers and a kitchen.

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