Updated 08/22/2012 07:34 AM
Despite being rejected by voters, Taylor YMCA still in the works
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The citizens of Taylor say their city leaders are going against their word and the wishes of their constituents.
Years ago, officials with YMCA approached the city looking to expand and open a center in Taylor. The council then put it to the voters in the form of a bond election.
Back in 2010 that bond failed, but the city still plans to move forward.
Taylor resident Joe Naizer is leading the charge against the new facility. He thinks city resources should go towards other projects, like improving infrastructure.
When the citizens shot down the bond, the city financed the project by using bond surpluses from other projects.
"The citizens don't think it is right for the city at this time. We are a population of 16,000 or there about,” Naizer said. “Is that the right size population where the city should be paying for, where the citizens can afford to pay for a recreation center?"
Jason Ford works for the Taylor Economic Development Corporation, a sub-component of the city. He says the failed bond issue does not mean the citizens don't want a complex.
"The voters didn't truly understand all of the dynamics in terms of the education process of what needed to be explained in order to sell the proposition," Ford said.
Naizer says he is among 62 percent of voters who shot down a bond measure to fund the facility back in 2010.
"If we're a republic that is supposed to represent, where people can vote, on an issue and expect the representatives to honor that vote, then we've been betrayed by the City Council of Taylor," Naizer said.
Ford said the city is adhering to a parks master plan which indicates the need for a recreation center and teen center.
"When The Y realized that it couldn't continue to subsidize the community with all of these different services, there was really very little options except for to find ways to help The Y continue to grow," Ford said.
The design of the complex is now up for council approval, and will go before the city in the coming months.