New Castle voters to decide on park |

New Castle voters to decide on park

NEW CASTLE – As part of the April 4 election, New Castle voters will decide whether to allow the town to borrow $810,000 for a new park in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision.The money would not be a new tax for residents, but would be paid for through a 12-cent sales tax for parks and recreation approved by voters in 2000.”This (park) would be funded without any new taxes,” said former town administrator, Steve Rippy, who recently retired. “In 2000, voters approved a 12-cent sales tax for park development, maintenance and improvement. If approved, this money would be funded out of the existing 12-cent sales tax.”After borrowing the $810,000, the town would have a debt repayment of around $62,000 per year, Rippy said. The current parks and recreation sales tax generates about $128,000 per year.If passed, the money will be used to develop a 10-acre parcel of raw land adjacent to Kathryn Senor Elementary School in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision. The park, currently being called “North Park,” would be a multi-use facility with fields for soccer and baseball, a trail system and future amenities and improvements including basketball and tennis courts and an amphitheater.Along with the park ballot question, New Castle voters are also electing a new mayor – either Frank Breslin or Pamela Mattivi Bunn – as well as three Town Council members to fill three open seats.Main-in ballots were sent out on Friday, March 10. The ballots must be received back at New Castle Town Hall, 450 W. Main St., by 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. For further information, please call Town Clerk Lisa Cain at 984-2311.

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