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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Open forum Oct. 15 on Rolla parks tax

  • After holding a series of ward meetings on the future funding of Rolla’s park facilities, the City of Rolla will conclude with a final presentation on the input received Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5:30-7 p.m. in meeting room B at The Centre, 1200 Holloway St.
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  • After holding a series of ward meetings on the future funding of Rolla’s park facilities, the City of Rolla will conclude with a final presentation on the input received Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5:30-7 p.m. in meeting room B at The Centre, 1200 Holloway St.
    Over the past two weeks the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department hosted ward meetings at three different parks in the city — Ber Juan Park, Schuman Park and Buehler Park.
    At the ward meetings, the parks department presented information related to the operations of the park system, The Centre and SplashZone.
    The meetings provided an opportunity for members of the community to comment on the operations and funding of the entire parks and recreation system in the City of Rolla.
    The current half-cent park sales tax will expire in December 2013. The tax was approved by Rolla voters in 1998 specifically to build the SplashZone and The Centre.
    The Rolla City Council is considering approaching voters in April 2014 to support a reduced sales tax (perhaps one-fourth cent) to help maintain the current park system and The Centre/SplashZone and to make basic improvements to existing parks, such as parking lots, restrooms and trail improvements.
    The meetings have been well attended by local residents, area businesses, city council representatives, city administration and park staff.
    The information gathered throughout these community outreach meetings will assist the council in considering sustainable funding for the entire parks system.
    If residents are unable to attend the meeting Oct. 15, comments can be submitted to Scott Caron, parks and recreation director, at scaron@rollacity.org or 341-2386.
    For more information, contact the Rolla Parks and Recreation Department at 341-2386 or visit www.rollacity.org.

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