Council approves replacement levy for aquatic center

Cary Ashby • Jan 31, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Norwalk city council approved putting a replacement levy with a decrease on the May 8 ballot to maintain and operate the aquatic center portion of the Ernsthausen Community Center.

If approved, the .65-mill levy would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 about 78 cents per month. For homestead residents, it would be 37 cents each month.

“The (existing) levy has been not been adjusted for current valuation,” Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said in presenting the issue to council Tuesday and noted if the tax isn’t passed this year, it would expire.

Duncan said there would a $39,000 increase annually, which will be put away for capital improvement projects that the aquatic center knows need to happen. 

Joe Lindenberger, superintendent of the parks and recreation department, was asked how important this levy is for the aquatic center.

“This is vital for the upkeep of the facility,” he said after the meeting. “This will help us plan for the future.”

Emphasizing what the mayor earlier told council, Lindenberger said there is equipment that is 25 years old that will need to be replaced and there only have been three times in 24 years that the city has approved subsidies for the aquatic center. Duncan said that means that contrary to popular belief, the facility is self-sustaining, with fees mainly coming from classes, leagues and memberships.

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