Jeffersonville mayor vetoes indoor sports complex bill

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Jeffersonville's mayor takes a stand against an indoor sports complex.

Mayor Mike Moore announced he vetoed an ordinance that would have funded the construction of the 6-million dollar facility.

The mayor said it came down to priorities and Moore says funding this sports complex is not a priority.

The mayor says he will first fund public safety and paving streets.

He says the city needs more police officers and firefighters to comply with national standards.

Moore also urged the City Council and the Parks authority to study whether spending millions of tax dollars on an indoor athletic complex is financially in the best interest of the taxpayers.

"We need to do feasibility study to determine whether we can afford to sustain such a facility before committing tax dollar to the project," said Moore. "Not only do we need to determine whether we can afford to build the facility, it's important that we know how much it's going to cost to run and maintain the complex."

If the veto is overridden, the City Council intends to deposit $3 million into the fund to construct the facility. It's estimated the building will cost approximately $4.5 million with another $1.5 million possible in land acquisition.

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