YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville City Council later this month will decide whether to seek voter approval on a 1-cent sales tax for a new recreation complex.
The complex would have seven baseball fields, three T-ball fields, seven soccer fields, six tennis courts, three volleyball fields, three refreshment stands, nine parking lots, a jogging track, a splash park and three playgrounds, said Mayor Wilson Viator.
The council will vote at a June 29 special meeting whether to put the tax proposition on the Nov. 19 ballot.
At Thursday’s council meeting, bond attorney Scott Crawford said the 1-cent sales tax would enable the city incur a $11.5 million debt for the complex, to be repaid over 30 years.
Viator said if voters approve the tax in November, construction could begin by February at the site, located in the western part of the city between Savoy Road and the Chemin Metairie Parkway.
The only recreation facility in Youngsville is Lafayette city-parish government’s 16-acre Foster Memorial Park
Young’s Industries has agreed to donate 70 acres, said to be worth about $7 million, north of Chemin Metairie Parkway for the proposed sports-complex site.
Viator said he hopes to receive $3 million in grants from the state to build a recreation center on the property.
The city also is planning to annex 250 to 300 acres near the proposed sports-complex site for economic development, the mayor said.
Once the land is acquired, water and sewer lines can be extended to the area, he said.
There are nine residents on the property, and the city will need to get approval from five of them, Viator said, adding that he hopes to have an annexation plan ready for the council in July.