Friday, March 25, 2016, by Buddy Saunders
At a town hall meeting last Thursday evening at Shackelford Junior High, Charlie Parker, District 1, North Arlington, updated citizens on the proposed citywide senior center.
What will it look like and offer? That’s yet to be determined, but plans are for it to be much like Grand Prairie’s impressive senior center, including heated indoor swimming pools.
Where will it be located? 303 and Green Oaks
What will it cost to build? $37.7 million dollars, just about what we are paying for a new and non-needed central library.
How will we pay for it? Mr. Parker cited three options:
Can this be done without a property tax increase? Mr. Parker assured his audience that there will be no tax increase under the first two options, and the third option, the quarter cent sales tax increase, would require voter approval.
What will the year-to-year operating and maintenance cost be and how will that be funded? According to Mr. Parker, rental income, membership fees, and the like will cover much of the costs and thus require little in the way of tax dollars.
Regarding the quarter cent sales tax, Arlington is the only major city in the metroplex not already taxing its citizens at the maximum allowable 8.25c. Given that cash of any kind burns a hole in our council’s collective pocket, this seems an odd circumstance. It actually isn’t. There’s a good reason our city leaders have kept that quarter cent in reserve. It’s there mass transit egg money. Without it their chances of taking Arlington into the black hole of mass transit is greatly reduced.
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