Violet Township has hired Moody Nolan and Rockmill Financial to complete a feasibility study and potential funding options to construct and operate a new community center. This study is motivated by the results of a statistically valid 2016 recreation and leisure survey that indicates strong support for a new community center. A series of public meetings and focus group meetings will be conducted over the next several months to help the consultants identify recommendations for the size of the community center; the types of activities to be included in it; and the options for funding the construction and operation of the community center. Our goal is to continue to work with our residents to determine the feasibility and funding and present it to the voters to make the final decision to move forward with the construction of a community center.
Violet Township held a Community Center Public Meeting on December 6, 2018 where over 100 residents were in attendance to listen to Violet Township staff, and its consultants Moody Nolan and Rockmill Financial, present the details of a future community center. Over the last six months, Moody Nolan has worked with over 60 residents in focus group meetings along with a steering committee to help identify the various components of the proposed facility and the associated cost. Simultaneously, Rockmill Financial has worked with a Community Center Finance Committee comprised of approximately 60 residents (average attendance of 37 per meeting) to identify the best way to finance the proposed facility.
At the December 6th meeting, a potential community center layout, site layout and conceptual renderings were presented. The proposed cost to construct the potential community center is projected to be $46 million with an additional $2 million annually for operations. The Community Center Finance Committee is recommending that a Parks and Recreation Tax Levy be placed on the May 2019 ballot, which if approved, would allow the township to finance the construction of the community center over a 25 year period and provide $2 million annually for operations along with $210,000 for annual capital replacement. This proposed tax levy, based upon the 2019 Estimated Property Tax Valuation, will be $13.39 monthly per $100,000 home.
The information presented at the December 6th meeting is provided below in the links. This information includes:
- December 6th Community Center PowerPoint Presentation
- First and Second Floor Plans
- Site Diagram
- Site Plan
- Renderings of the Community Center Elevations (see rotating banners above)
This information will now be presented to the Township Trustees who will determine if and when to place a tax levy on the ballot.