Lead residents to vote on funding of recreation center - KOTA Territory News

Lead residents to vote on funding of recreation center

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It was built in the 1980s, and has been funded by the city. But petitioners want the funding to the Handley Center recreation building in Lead to stop and they had more than 200 signatures. City commissioners approved the petition and decided the issue will be put to a vote.

Don Mack lives in lead and he and his family used to be members of the Handley Center.  

"When the swimming pool closed in 2010 we just found that the services that were there were not what we desired and we are no longer members," said Mack.

He's one of the people who helped collect signatures for the petition to cut city funding for this recreation center and bring the issue to a vote.  

"I have seen the building and the services that were provided in the building gradually deteriorate," said Mack.

The City of Lead helped pay off the bonds for the Handley Center and City Administrator Mike Stahl says the city still supports the center. 

"The city continued its support for funding for that in the amount of anywhere from 100 thousand to 130 thousand over the last number of years," said Stahl.  

Director of the Handley Center, Chad Hannah said the center can't function without city money. 

"So as far as the city funding goes it's essential to the operation of the Handley recreation building," said Hannah.

Hannah said some people believe closing the center will save tax payers money.  

"It actually wont, the average home owner in lead would see a saving of less than two dollars a month," he said.

But others disagrees. 

"The city has continued to fund using tax payer dollars to this non profit organization to try to help it maintain itself and move forward. But the signers of the petition feel we have not seen a forward progress," said Mack.

In Lead, there is the Handley Center building and also another recreation building, The Armory. The same organization runs both of them, but the petition only deals with the Handley Center building.

The special election for Lead residents to vote on the issue will be on November 5th.

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