“Imagine a community center for all ages and citizens. It is a need for communities, and a want for Fairmont.”
Vote Yes and Make a Difference:
A Message from Randy Lubenow: As head of the Project 1590 Fairmont Community Center Committee, I have had the opportunity to attend numerous meetings on the proposed half cent sales tax. I would like to share with you how YOUR vote matters. Voting YES will make a DIFFERENCE in Fairmont for the better.
First I would like to clarify a common myth about the half cent sales tax the City of Fairmont is proposing. This tax will not raise your property taxes nor does it have anything to do with any property or real estate you own in Fairmont or Martin County. The half cent sales tax will ONLY be collected on items currently subject to Minnesota sales tax. Remember in Minnesota we do not tax clothing, shoes, groceries or services. The proposed half cent sales tax will NOT apply to these things.
Anytime you shop in Albert Lea, Austin, Mankato, Marshall, New Ulm, North Mankato, Rochester or Worthington in southern Minnesota, you are choosing to pay at least a half cent additional tax. Fairmont is the only town over 10,000 people in southern Minnesota that does not have a local sales tax. All of these other cities use the money for capital projects such as community centers in THEIR town. If Fairmont collects this tax EVERYONE, including visitors that use our services or that shop in Fairmont, will pay this tax towards OUR Regional Wellness Center along with other community capital enhancement projects such as parks and new trails in the Region.
The Fairmont Community Center could house a Senior Citizen CENTER with a full kitchen, Field House with walking track and four courts for pickle ball, tennis, basketball, soccer and anything in between. Within the Center could be a therapy pool for rehab of injuries that citizens could use to receive treatment. An ice arena, which, in the winter could house ice sports and ice skating for enjoyment, along with a removable floor for indoor soccer, baseball, softball and anything else played on turf. Within this complex could be a community area, housing updated technology, computers for our citizens, and an educational study area along, with a large banquet hall and meeting rooms. It could also have a children’s indoor play area so families with young children could enjoy active play during our winters and on rainy days. All of these buildings could be used daily throughout the year to bring conventions, camper shows and other events to Fairmont, adding money to our local economy as well.
This complex will complement the efforts involved in building our community economics, Brain Gain efforts and attracting businesses that can provide healthy incomes for families. The complex will complement our local schools.
Building a Community Center has been talked about for decades in Fairmont. The time has come for Fairmont. The time for Fairmont is now. Our community continues to build Fairmont From the Ground Up. We are excited to advocate for you and for this effort. Fairmont is a beautiful community deserving of this endeavor.
Vote Yes for Fairmont on November 8, 2016.
•Committee Meetings are the first and third Tuesday’s of every month. These meetings take place at 5:15 p.m. at the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce. Please Contact us or any of the members listed above if interested in attending.
January 2016- Regional wellness center awarded a 20k grant form The U of M for Design Charrette. This will give a visual of what certain properties could like for the wellness center and beyond.
Members of Project 1590 have toured a few of the community centers in southern MN, to see photos check out our Facebook Page.