by: JonChristopher Collins
Harrison Parks Director Chuck Eddington and Harrison Financial Officer Luke Feigert spoke with “Around The Table” on KHOZ Tuesday to give updates on the Creekside Community Center project and also a pair of proposed Sales Tax Issues to help fund the project.
The project has been in the works for about a year. “We’ve been researching and talking to people in the community,” Eddington said.
A message from Harrison Mayor Jerry Jackson was played on the air. Speaking as to why the proposal for a center previously failed Jackson said, “A small team reviewed what the reasons for the failure were. The price was far and away the number one reason.” Jackson said many really wanted a community center but not one costing $40 million. He also said the location was a concern and that many thought of utilizing the old junior high school building.
Jackson said a survey to determine what the citizens wanted was being created until COVID-19 hit. He said a plan continued being made to use the old school campus. This current project is $20 million less than before. “We will be needing a total of one-half percent sales tax. One quarter will be for construction that will go away after the bond is paid off,” he said.
He said the other quarter will go toward operations, maintenance and improvements of park facilities. He said a portion will also be included for economic development to lead to more jobs. Jackson asked that it approved to make the community stronger.
The interview with Feigert and Eddington can be heard in its entirety on the Around The Table Facebook Page or be clicking below: