Rec center plan represents push for Taylor growth
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Driving through the main streets of downtown Taylor in Williamson County, you will notice century-old buildings that run parallel with the town's reputation of resistance to change.
Most of Williamson County is experiencing a boom in population and business, but not Taylor. Now, the town of 15,000 is in a public struggle to finance a portion of its future.
"Taylor never wants to grow. It doesn't want to advance,” Taylor Council Member Jesse Ancira said. “It turns down projects. Everyone else around us is growing."
In a council meeting Thursday, the council voted to crank up a new economic engine—the city will fund a $3.6 million recreational center. It passed on a 3-2 vote.
As could be expected, not all residents of Taylor agreed on the divisive issue. Antique shop owner Ed Hile points to a failed 2010 bond election where local voters said 'no' to a tax increase to pay for the same recreational center.
"I think the rec center would be a great addition, but there is also a lot of infrastructure improvements that we need to be looking at," Hile said.
In the end, it's a sale that the council members and other supporting citizens believe is a solid investment on what they hope is a new road to prosperity.
The Greater Williamson County YMCA has a proposal to operate the facility when it's complete. If an agreement, between Taylor and the YMCA is reached, construction could begin as early as the Spring.