Heckart Community Center

On August 6, 2019, Sedalia voters will have the opportunity to vote on 2 ballot issues that would allow the Heckart Community Center to be built.  The facility would be multi-purpose and include an indoor aquatic facility, community center rooms, home of the Sedalia Senior Center, convention space, basketball/volleyball/pickleball courts, a fitness area, party rooms, child watch area, and an indoor playground.

Ballot Issues & Language

What exactly are voters voting on August 6, 2019?

  • * Remove the capital improvement 1/2 cent sales tax sunset planned for June 30, 2026 to assist in building the community center.
  • * 1/8 cent sales tax that will be used to pay for the principal on the bond to build the Heckart Community Center.  Currently, the sales tax for parks and recreation is 3/8 cent and will increase to 1/2 cent with the additional 1/8 cent.

What is the approved ballot language for each issue?

  • *QUESTION: “Shall the City Council of the City of Sedalia, Missouri be authorized to remove the June 30, 2026 sunset provision from its existing capital improvement sales taxes in the amount of one-half of one percent, for the purpose of funding capital improvements, including the operation and maintenance of capital improvements, which may include the retirement of debt or other obligations previously authorized by the City?”
    • Yes
    • No
  • If you are in favor of the question, darken in the oval opposite “Yes.”
  • If you are opposed to the question, darken in the oval opposite “No.”

 

  • *QUESTION: “Shall the municipality of Sedalia impose an increase to a sales tax, from 3/8 of 1% to 1/2 of 1% for the purpose of providing funding for local parks and storm water control for the municipality of Sedalia?”
    • Yes
    • No
  • If you are in favor of the question, darken in the oval opposite “Yes.”
  • If you are opposed to the question, darken in the oval opposite “No.

Renderings

Due to the nature of the architectural process, the designs shown here are conceptual, and subject to change based on future construction costs.

Location of facility

Floor plan

East Exterior

South Exterior

Natatorium

Multi-Purpose

Gymnasium

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why locate it at the original Jennie Jaynes Stadium property?
    • The location is central to Sedalia with great visibility for those coming in and out of town on a daily basis. Also, the original goal of the Jennie Jaynes Foundation was to provide recreation to the community. This community center is continuing the legacy of the foundation.
  • How will the Heckart Community Center be paid for?
    • The City of Sedalia will utilize a bond to pay for the community center. The principle payments to repay the bond will be made utilizing proceeds from the 1/8 cent sales tax and the Capital Improvements Tax. The interest will be paid as a contribution to the project by Sue Heckart.
  • What is Sue Heckart’s contribution to this project?
    • Sue Heckart is bringing her parents’ dream of a community center in Sedalia to life with her extremely generous donation of paying the interest on the bonds the city will use to build of the center. Without her generosity, the community center would not come to reality.
  • What percentage of voters need to vote yes to pass it?
    • In order for this to pass, 50% of voters must vote yes.
  • Who is going to be able to use the Center?
    • Anyone and everyone will be able to use the community center, whether they live in the city, county or are visiting from out of town.
  • Who will benefit from the Community Center?
    • Everyone. This Community Center will be utilized by our senior population, youth, teens, families and citizens of all ages.
  • How will the Center be maintained?
    • The Sedalia Parks Department will operate and maintain the center. Operational costs will be covered by user fees. These fees have been researched thoroughly to ensure that they are fair and comparable to other communities and so the community center can operate efficiently and meet the needs of the community.
  • Will we have to pay to use the facility?
    • Yes. Just as the Parks department currently runs all their other facilities there will be a minimal user fee to help pay for the operating expenses of the facility through user fees, rentals, and concessions. Thorough research has been done to ensure that fees are equal or less than community centers in Columbia, Warrensburg, Harrisonville, Belton, and other comparable cities. Discounts will be available for senior citizens and annual memberships. Users are also able to pay by the day.
  • What will happen to Convention Hall?
    • Convention Hall will continue to be used by Sedalia Parks and Recreation with camps, rentals, dance, gymnastics, dog obedience, and other programming. It will not be torn down.
  • Will the Community Center take money away from maintaining our current parks?
    • No. The parks will not be neglected because of the community center. The parks department has a 20 year master plan in place that will continue with the current budget. Improvements, and most importantly, maintenance will continue in all our parks, while the Community Center will be built with the sales tax proceeds and operated through user fees.
  • Why was the sales tax option selected?
    • Since the entire community, including people from out of town will utilize the community center, it is appropriate that the cost be shared by everyone, not just property owners.
  • Why does the sunset need to be removed from the Capital Improvement Sales Tax?
    • Removing the sunset will allow for a steady source of revenue to allow the City of Sedalia to hold the bond for the construction of the community center. This tax is already in place and is not an increase.
  • How much of the dollars will go to storm drainage and why?
    • None of the 1/8 cent sales tax dollars will go to storm drainage. All dollars will go towards building the community center. The ballot language mentions storm water because the ordinance states the wording. Council has ensured that all funds will go to paying the principle of the bond to construct the community center.
  • How and why has the Senior Center been incorporated into the facility/complex?
    • The Senior Center is an important asset for the citizens of our community. Including it in the Community Center will provide a modern facility, in a convenient location, with great access and help to create a well-rounded community center for all. It also allows those utilizing the senior center access to additional services the community center provides. This will also allow for a state of the art kitchen to allow the Senior Center to continue to provide meals within the facility and their home delivery to senior citizens within all of Pettis County.
  • Where do you go to vote between what hours?
    • City of Sedalia registered voters will be able to vote from 6 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, August 6. County residents are unable to vote on this issue.