Indian Hills voters turn down center |

Indian Hills voters turn down center

by Christy Chalmers, staff writer

Indian Hills voters say they don’t want a community center, even if it wouldn’t bring a tax increase.

An advisory question on whether the Indian Hills General Improvement District should build a community center yielded an answer of “no” Tuesday. Of 794 votes cast, nearly 57 percent said no.

District leaders proposed a 10,500-square-foot facility on district land in James Lee Park. The center would include meeting rooms as well as office space, so the district could stop renting the two rooms that now house its offices.

Indian Hills voters did keep their board intact. Incumbents Ron Kruse and Dianne Humble Fournier were the top two vote-getters for two four-year terms.

Incumbents Riley Evans and Dan Hall were the only contenders for a pair of unexpired two year terms.

How the board members will react to the advisory question results remains to be seen.

Talk of a community center first surfaced in 1998. Meetings were held, residents were surveyed, architects were interviewed and design work was authorized.

The project was halted in February when a competing offer was made. In addition, some trustees challenged the validity of a survey of residents that showed support for the community center idea. Others raised concerns about whether the district could afford a community center without raising costs to residents.

District leaders were confident enough about the question that they authorized completion of the plans after the board’s membership changed earlier this year, putting the existing membership in place.