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|Knoxville Council Supports New Track Facility
|The Knoxville City Council is now on board with their financial support for the building of a new track facility in town.
The council Monday night approved spending $25,000 of Tax Increment Financing District Funds for eight years time to help the Knoxville School Board pay for the project. The council, before their regular meeting held an economic development committee meeting, where the options of how much money and what kind of support the council would give to building a new track and football facility in Knoxville was discussed.
Knoxville Mayor Terry Pool says building a new facility could have other city-wide benefits.
"I got to thinking, why did we come to Knoxville? We came because of the school. That's why we came - because we had a good school system. So if we have more people coming into our schools, we'll have more people in town, we'll sell more water and collect more property taxes. It will be a big plus to the city."
Other members of the council were concerned with how much money over how much time the council could lend their support. Ed Mahar said they didn't have to give the school any money but he said he would encourage the council to review the big picture. He added they should give money but he said he would have to determine what is considered to be a fair gesture.
District 202 Board President Bob Bogard told the council they still haven't finalized if the track will be built on it's current location or on a site with 12 acres of property located on Gilson Street. That will be taken up at a meeting this Wednesday night.
Pool says he sees the Gilson Street option to be the ideal property.
|11 17 09 by Newsroom
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