Last night, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to begin construction of two multi--use fields and a dog park at the Naranja Town Site. Construction will start shortly and will be completed by the spring of next year. You can read all about the facility by reading our prior post.
17 people spoke in favor of building a new facility. Most were for the proposal, having a vested interest in it because they need to use the fields. Three longtime residents felt that the expenditure on the town site at this time was not appropriate. They wanted the town to wait until after it had completed a study, which is funded, on what to do with the town site.
The facility will cost $2.3 million, most of which will be funded from general fund reserves or the bed tax. Much of this cost is to create the infrastructure for the roadway into the site from Naranja, parking, electric, and water. The fields will use reclaimed water. There will be no fresh water or permanent restroom facilities at the site.
Council Members spoke of the need to complete the full study of the facility as part of the general plan. At least three of the council members spoke of the need to find funding for the construction of the facility. One, council member Joe Hornat said that the town site will need to have something for everyone so that new sources of revenues, which we believe to be a property tax, would be approved by the voters. Council Member Brendan Burns seemed to echo these comments.