Violet Township officials Feb. 6 moved forward with plans to seek a 4.6-mill levy this May that would support the construction and operations of a community center.

The township filed paperwork with the Fairfield County Board of Elections by the deadline for items to be included on the May 7 primary election ballot. Officials are seeking a 25-year, 4.6-mill levy that would provide funds to build a $46 million community center and operate it for its first 25 years.

The Fairfield County Board of Elections will certify all ballot petitions by Feb. 19. Barring a problem with the township's submitted paperwork, the levy will be assigned an issue number by that time, and it will be included on the May 7 ballot.

"The township has moved forward with the filing based upon the results of the 2016 survey conducted by ETC on behalf of Fairfield County Parks, the city of Pickerington, Violet Township and the Pickerington Public Library," said John Eisel, Violet Township director of operations.

According to information on a township-run website, investwithviolet.com, the 2016 survey found that 67 percent of respondents strongly agreed a community center was needed, and 24 percent agreed a community center was needed.

The site states that 4,000 households received the survey and 1,001 surveys were completed.

As proposed, the levy would cost homeowners $13.39 per month per $100,000 of home value as determined by the Fairfield County Auditor's Office.

The annual cost would be $160.68 per $100,000 of home valuation.

Township officials are seeking to build a community center on approximately 30 acres of land to be donated by the Ricketts family at the southeast corner of Pickerington and Refugee roads.

The levy would secure funding for the construction of the community center and 25 years of operations.

Final plans have for the center haven't been set, but township officials have proposed building a 95,000-square-foot facility that would include two gymnasiums, a welcome desk, staff offices, a child-care area for parents who are using the facility, three multipurpose rooms and a study or "quiet" area on its first floor.

Those designs also showed a competition swimming pool and a leisure pool, as well as separate locker rooms for men and women, a universal family changing room and "team" room on the first floor.

The second floor, as proposed, would feature a 0.1-mile track.

Inside the track would be a fitness space, two exercise classrooms, a "messy arts and crafts room" and the facility's mechanical equipment.

All registered voters living in Violet Township, including those in the incorporated areas within the city of Pickerington, would be able to vote on the issue.

The deadline for issues and candidates to appear on the November general election ballot is Aug. 7.

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