The expiring tax one-eighth-cent tax is the companion of a permanent one-eight-cent tax voters approved five years ago.
The city predicts Proposition 2 would raise $5 million. This money would fund a multipurpose building that would include an ice rink, a multi-use branch for sports and space for the Columbia Farmers’ Market.
Although the city has no set designs at this point, the multi-use branch would likely accommodate basketball and volleyball courts for public use, said City Manager Ray Beck. Also, rough sketches show covered pavilions may be included.
The structure would be located next to the Activity and Recreation Center at Ash Street and Clinkscales Road, on land currently used by the Columbia Farmers’ Market.
In addition to recognizing the lack of ice-skating facilities in Columbia and a shortage of practice space for local sports groups, proponents of the proposition also hope for a permanent home for the farmers’ market, which many see as a community gathering place.
Current estimates place the price of the ice rink at $2.5 million to $3 million. The remaining money would be used for the multipurpose building along with parking and landscaping.
The city plans to involve the public in the planning phase of the project if voters approve the proposition.