The group promoting construction of a new $20 million aquatic center in Scottsbluff says they will continue exploring “financial opportunities” to fund their venture, but noted the loss of potential funding from a failed tax measure has set them back a ways.
The aquatic center was earmarked as one of the potential infrastructure projects that would have been eligible for funding under the half cent sales tax measure that failed to pass in the November election.
One of the group of local businessmen, Jake Aulick says they will continue to work on grant funding and will get started in the Spring with dirt work on the property across from Panhandle Coop on South Beltline West.
Aulick said they have to build the property up to about the same level of the street. So there are places that need to come up about 10 feet. He said he thinks they can do some dredging and things along that nature to keep the costs down associated with that. Aulick said his company would take care of that work.
Aulick noted the loss of potential funding from the sales tax measure caused them to “lose some wind in their sails”, but says they just have to come up with some other ways of funding the project.
No matter what, Aulick says they are going to do “something” with that property, whether it’s an aquatic center or other building of any sort.