Audio: Aquatics center groundbreaking in 2015

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Feb 25, 2014 at 10:56 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says groundbreaking on the new aquatics center at Whitney Park will happen in 2015, but it may be without the support of one of its neighbors.

The Sauk Rapids City Council discussed the use of local option sales tax dollars at their Monday night meeting, and agreed they're not interested in seeing their tax revenue going toward the aquatics center.

The facility will cost around $20 million dollars, and is a partnership between the city of St. Cloud and the YMCA.

Kleis says other cities may still jump on board, which would happen under the terms of a joint powers agreement.

Kleis says, "it would be more beneficial if it were a regional project."

The half-cent local option sales tax is set to expire in 2018. This fall, the six cities that make up the greater St. Cloud metro area are expected to hold ballot measures to see which metro-wide project to support with the tax revenue.

Other possibilites include expanding the Lake Wobegon Trail, and spending money on St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Kleis says they're eyeing a 2015 groundbreaking for the aquatics center

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