VOTE | March 3, 2020

On Tuesday, March 3, residents will vote on a new North Scott Community YMCA—a partnership of the North Scott Community School District, the City of Eldridge and the YMCA. The facility would serve as a cornerstone for the community, creating opportunities for all age groups.

We encourage you to attend one or more of these INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS, where you can learn more about the project and ask questions:

  • Wednesday, January 22 @ 7:00 p.m., Donahue Fire Station

  • Wednesday, January 29 @ 6:00 p.m., North Scott High School Auditorium Lobby

  • Friday, January 31 @ 12:00 p.m., Steeplegate (North Scott Rotary)

  • Tuesday, February 4 @ 4:30 p.m., Glenn PTO Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 4 @ 7:00 p.m., White PTO Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 5 @ 6:30 p.m., Grissom PTO Meeting

  • Thursday, February 6 @ 7:00 p.m., McCausland Community Center

  • Wednesday, February 19 @ 7:00 p.m., North Scott High School Auditorium Lobby

  • Monday, March 2 @ 6:30 p.m., Eldridge Methodist Church (Eldridge Lions)

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proposed new YMCA:

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of resources and amenities would the new YMCA offer to the community?

The new North Scott Community YMCA would offer a variety of amenities, including a six-lane competition pool, a zero-depth entry pool, a full-size basketball court, a complete fitness area, a walking track, locker rooms, child watch and a workout room. 

 

There would also be opportunities for the school district swim team and aquatic therapy for students with special needs, senior citizens and athletes. The Y would offer lessons to enhance swimming safety, as well. 

 

In addition, there would be YMCA scholarships available for low-income residents. There would also be community meeting spaces built into the design.

 

Finally, it is worth noting that the current city recreation center 20,500 square feet, sitting on 1.8 acres.  The new YMCA facility would be a building 36,000 square feet on 3.5 acres.  

 

How would the project be funded?

The construction of the new YMCA would be funded through the following:

  • $7 million from SAVE (one cent sales tax), through the North Scott Community School District

  • $7 million from Urban Renewal Bonds, through the City of Eldridge

  • $1 million from Scott County YMCA fundraising

 

The operations of the facility would be funded through a Public Education & Recreation Levy (PERL), which would cover ongoing capital expenses. 

 

Where would the new facility be located?

If approved, the new YMCA would be located at South Third Avenue and East LeClaire Road, a few blocks from North Scott High School.

 

If approved, how would this project impact local property taxes?

The Public Education & Recreation Levy (PERL) on the ballot March 3 would have a property tax impact of $0.135 per $1,000 of assessed taxable valuation for those who live in the North Scott Community School District. Please note that there would be NO INCREASE to the current school district tax rate if the plan is approved.

The City Urban Renewal Bonds would have an impact of $0.29 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for 20 years. This ONLY applies to the city of Eldridge, where the average home price is $237,600. As such, this would equal a tax impact of $38.59 annually or an increase of 1.1% over the current tax bill. 

What types of programs would be offered at the new YMCA?

The new YMCA would offer a wide range of programs and opportunities for people of all ages in the community. These include the following:

  • Swim lessons 

  • Youth sports 

  • New gymnastics center 

  • Summer day camp 

  • Group exercise (land and water) 

  • Kids Fit classes 

  • Personal training

  • Sports-specific training 

  • Camp Abe Lincoln 

  • Birthday parties 

  • Lifeguard training 

  • Dragon swim team 

  • Kids’ night out 

  • Child Watch

How much would memberships cost? 

Membership fees for the new North Scott Community YMCA would be based on the following structure: 

What is the YMCA's role in the partnership?

The Scott County YMCA will be the operating partner and will provide approximately $1 million in equipment, as well as assume the ongoing operational expenses. 

 

Who will cover ongoing expenses for the facility?

The Scott County YMCA will cover the ongoing operational expenses. Additionally, a Public Education & Recreational Levy (PERL) will be used to pay for future capital expenses. 

 

Why are we just starting to hear about this project now?

Planning for the North Scott Community YMCA project started in fall 2016. A public survey was distributed to community members in spring 2017. A public meeting was held for local officials in fall 2017. The North Scott Board of Education and Eldridge City Council have had the project on their meeting agendas several times over the past three years. 

 

In addition, over the past two years, there have been numerous articles focused on the project in the North Scott Press and Quad Cities Times. 

 

What will happen to employees of the current fitness center?

The YMCA will attempt to retain all staff from the fitness center. When the YMCA acquired Gold’s Gym in 2013, for example, it retained 38 of the gym’s 44 employees. 

 

Would public access to the pools be limited?

The lap pool will be used for the school district’s swim team and future swim club. These times will conflict with the public. Depending on the size of the team, some lanes may be open to the public during practices. Swim meets will cause the entire pool area to be restricted for public use. The zero-depth entry pool will be open during swim team practices, so the public will have access to that pool at all times. 

 

Will the school activity bus take students home from the Y?

Yes, the North Scott Community School District would have the activity bus stop at the YMCA.

 

What is the PERL and what will it be used for?

PERL stands for Public Education & Recreation Levy. The levy is $0.135 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The PERL will be used for ongoing capital expenses for the facility. The PERL Levy will be voted on by all of the residents of the school district.

There would be NO INCREASE to the current school tax rate due to the district lowering rates in other levies and an anticipated increase in property valuations.

 

To learn more about what a PERL is and how it can be used, please visit https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/school-business-finance/levies-funds/public-education-and-recreation-levy

 

Will the community get to vote on this?

Yes! Residents of the North Scott Community School District and the City of Eldridge will vote on the project during a special election on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 

 

Where do I vote?

All registered voters may cast their ballots at their usual polling location on March 3, 2020. To find your polling place, visit https://sos.iowa.gov/elections

 

In addition, you may vote early at any of these satellite voting opportunities: 

  • Thursday, February 6, 2-8 p.m., Alan Shepard Elementary

  • Friday, February 7, 2-8 p.m., North Scott High School

  • Friday, February 14, 2-8 p.m., North Scott High School 

 

All registered voters may cast an absentee ballot at one of the dates and times listed above. More information on additional absentee voting is available at https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/auditor/early-voting/mail

 

What is the overall vision for the building?

The City of Eldridge and North Scott Community School District see this project as a great amenity for our community. It would provide activities, programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of our children, families and community members. It would also serve as a cornerstone to attract more people to live in the North Scott area. 

I heard the school would not be able to host swim meets because it only has six lanes. Is that true?

The school district would be able to hold swim meets for both high school and club swim teams. Six-lane pools currently hold the district qualifiers for high school state. The pool and facility are not large enough to hold large USA state qualifying meets. That would not only require more lanes, but also more seating for spectators. 

 

What is the total current budget for this project?  

The estimated cost of the building is $14 million. The estimated equipment cost is $1 million. 

How much does the $0.29 debt levy raise?

The $0.29 debt levy would raise approximately $119,675. This is 25% of the annual estimated payment of $481,452. The Urban Renewal bonds that raise the levy by $0.29 will only be voted on by residents of the city of Eldridge. 


What is the interest rate of the bonds?

Bond interest is estimated at 3.25%.

 

How many people would the new YMCA employ?

While the YMCA has not yet finalized the numbers, it expects to employ the following positions at the new facility: 

 

  • 20 Land and Water Exercise Instructors 

  • 15 Lifeguards

  • 10 Front Desk Staff 

  • 5 Personal Trainers

  • 1 Branch Executive 

  • 1 Youth/Aquatics Director 

  • 1 Fitness Director 

  • 1 Membership Director

  • Custodial Staff