Members of the YMCA Board spoke to the Johnson County Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting, asking them to please “not close any doors” on their project to replace the aging YMCA building.
Discussions by the commissioners in recent weeks have focused on putting an additional one-cent tax for either the library expansion project or the YMCA project or both on the 2014 ballot.
There was a belief, whether unfounded or not, that the voters of Johnson County may not approve a ballot measure with two projects on it, and that because the library seemed to be farther along in the process than the YMCA, that project may be the one to put on the ballot next fall and allow the Y more time to get their plan organized.
YMCA board members and representatives of the senior center, school district, and the Recreation Board were also in attendance to lend support for the Y's project.
That said, they did say there should not be an “us versus them” mentality when it comes to the YMCA and the library.
YMCA board member Dave Harness said there is room for both projects and that the community needs both.
No decision on who will be on next year's ballot has been made at this time.