Medford considers funding options for potential aquatics and event center

MEDFORD, Ore. — The city of Medford is looking at funding options for the massive $50 million plus aquatics and event center proposal.

Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal presented to the parks commission the funding options available. He says in order to build the facility, the city could increase the lodging tax or airport car rental tax.  They are also considering paying off the US Cellular Park bond sooner.

Rosenthal says those involved are leaning toward increasing the lodging tax by 2%, but he believes time is of the essence.

“More time that passes between getting the cost estimates to actually getting started on it, the costs go up,” Rosenthal said.

Voters could see it on the ballot as soon as May 2020. If approved by voters, the center would be built at the Wes Howard Memorial Sports Park in west Medford. It would include a competition pool, outdoor pool and event center.

No decisions were made tonight.

Anna Weeks is the anchor of NBC5 News at 5 and 11 and Your Place @7 with Anna Weeks. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Originally from the Portland area, Anna loves exploring Southern Oregon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and watching sports.
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