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Goshen residents weigh in on community center location

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It would cost millions, but supporters of a new community center in Goshen say it would be money well spent.  

Tuesday evening, residents took their last opportunity to give input on the plans. The group planning this, Goshen Community Center, Inc, discussed possible locations for the Community Center. It narrowed down ten locations to six and took one more off the list Tuesday evening.

Their first and second choices are Greencroft and the Holiday Inn.

Having said that, FOX 28 spoke with a lot of people at the meeting. Most of them think the project is too expensive.

Hunter Hamsher says, "It's a good idea. It's just too much money for the taxpayers. It's just not affordable. for the community right now with us being in debt and the finances, it's just too hard for the city."

The plan also includes remodeling of Goshen High School and Middle school.

The Community Center would include aquatics, recreational, and family centers along with Community rooms.

Supporters say they say it's a wise investment for taxpayers and the future of Goshen's children.

"We want to provide a place for wellness, exercising, competitions, in terms of the pool and also I think, just a place for children to learn about health and nutrition," says Bruce Stahly with Goshen Community Center, Inc.

Initially, residents were going to vote on this in May, but it was pushed back to November because the group behind the project wants the public to be adequately informed.
 
Residents will vote on two proposals, one for just the Community Center costing around $18 million.
The other includes the community center and renovations to the schools for an additional $17 million, bringing the grand total to $35 million.
That means the average taxpayer owning a $108 thousand dollar home would pay $84 a year for 20 years to pay for it.

For more information on plans for the community center, visit this website.

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