Indoor Facilities Steering Committee has been working on the past six months to aid in the design and construction of the new indoor facilities. The above presentations share the progress of the design elements and on February 19, the City Commission approved the design concepts to move forward to establish a GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) for the design of the indoor centers.
Manhattan voters approved a 10-year, 0.25% sales tax to fund identified indoor and outdoor recreation and trail improvements in the community on the November 7, 2017. View the Unofficial Election Report (PDF).
The total cost of the projects is $27.5 million. The city intends to stagger construction of the projects in order to avoid financing costs and use all revenue collected for construction so more amenities can be included. It is estimated the 0.25% sales tax will generate $2.75 million annually for 10 years.
A current 0.25% quality of life sales tax will sunset on March 31, 2018. This sales tax began April 1, 2018, resulting in no change to the city's 8.95% sales tax. For the effect on your pocketbook, 25 cents of every $100 spent goes toward these improvements — think of a $100 grocery bill.
A steering committee appointed by the Manhattan City Commission studied recreation challenges and opportunities for two years before recommending this ballot question. A community survey was conducted during a strategic facility study to gauge community needs and interests in future recreation opportunities. The results of the survey were used to formulate a strategic plan that included four priorities for parks and recreation improvements. A subsequent feasibility study explored priority projects in more detail. That lead to the development of the ballot question.