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REC Center Referendum on Tuesday's Ballot

Non-binding referendum will provide guidance to city council.

Yorkville voters will be asked to weigh in on whether or not the United City of Yorkville should purchase the REC Center, which the city has been leasing for about five years.

A referendum question on the ballot reads:

“Should the United City of Yorkville purchase the Rec Center to operate as a public recreation facility through a 20- year installment purchase contract at a purchase price not to exceed $ 2.5 million with interest at a rate not to exceed 6% per year?”

A "yes" or "no" vote will provide guidance to city council members on how to procede.

The REC Center currently has 1,400 members. Over 3,000 people use the facility every month, according to city documents. These members will pay for the purchase through membership fees and other recreation revenues.

According to documents the city’s monthly payment will be approximately $18,000 per month if the city moves forward with a $2.5 million purchase. The current lease is $19,000 per month. If purchased, the city will receive income from rental facilities in the building at $4,500 per month, and will not have to pay property taxes on the facility, which are currently $5,500 per month.

Based on current projections, city officials expect the REC Center to run a profit of between $1,000 and $3,000 per month.

Additional information on the city’s proposal can be found here.

Reasonable Conservative November 05, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I'd like everyone to vote NO......NO.....NO. Yes, a simple No vote will do it! Why, you ask? First, there has been no detailed study on the actual figures for repairs and future cost overruns if actual membership drops. Look, there is a YMCA just down the street with more programs, a better facility and cheaper prices. And they have a family plan which the Rec center does not appear to have. In my opinion, the membership will drop so low that the City will have to make up the short fall or the membership rates will go so high no one goes there. There is no reason why we have to get involved in a twenty year mortgage with the economy in the shape it is in. If it is a valuable business as stated by some it can easily stand on its own, right? I don't see anyone who wants to buy that property at any price to run a gym. Programs can be run at many places within the community for free or at reduced costs; doesn't our city have vacant buildings, schools and churches open for use? A simple vote of "NO" solves the problem and the REC center is a big potential problem in my opinion.
eric November 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree VOTE NO!! Let's not help them make some of their buddies wealthy at the tax payer's expense.
Kibitzer November 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
If things go further "south" economically, as I think they will, then we taxpayers will be left to pay for a useless piece of realestate, as people will be thinking about getting their exercise elsewhere, or not at all. I'd pretty much decided against voting for ANY politician, but when I saw that piece of Rec Center propaganda put in with my water bill, I went and voted early! The original owners of that place must have laughed all the way to the bank. But when it comes to State, County or City expenditures on useless (except to a rare few), realestate, those people all are smug about having been able to pump up their bank accounts. It's disgusting.
justsayin November 06, 2012 at 01:23 AM
well we were paying $30,000 year for schools, churches and what have you (offering less programing) So less then what we are expected to pay in LEASE TO OWN payments and if you can't say anything other than its a problem and not know the facts behind it maybe its better to keep your opinion to yourself. Same goes for you kibizter look at the facts here people less services for more money DUH
Kibitzer November 06, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Um..."justsayin".....Can you be a little more clear? It may be that it's late, or maybe I'm just tired, but other than your clever "duh", I'm not sure what your problem is with those of us who actually know why buying the Rec Center is a poor investment. I personally don't care if our citizens have great accomodations for their individual pursuits. They can create all kinds of healthy activities for themselves and their families that won't cost ME any money. Duh!!
Luke November 06, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Seems like the $5,500 is being paid right now which would help us pay for other things the cityneeds money for. So instead of buying it and spending money why not let whoever keep it and make money from it. Time and time again its been proven individuals run things better than governments do. This is probably another of those instances. Unless I missed something, which could be, my vote is "no".
Nottoohappy November 06, 2012 at 11:19 PM
NO!!! The walkers are just getting richer and richer and staying in the payroll as They run their bible study classes ther and serve As landlords along with personal trainers!!!! Prolly who JUST SAYIN is.
eric November 07, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Oh....and let's not forget the daughter works for the city police department. Wonder how that was set up.

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