Local Issues on the August 2 Ballot: O’Fallon’s Proposition Parks

Proposed O'Fallon Civic Hall

In Tuesday’s primary election, voters from each party (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Constitution Party) will choose candidates for U.S. senators and representatives, Missouri state offices (governor, Lieutenant Governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, state senators and representatives, party committeemen, circuit court judges, and St. Charles County councilmen. Those party candidates will then face off in the November general election.

However, there are also several important issues up for vote in St. Charles County.

One of these is Project Parks in the City of O’Fallon.

Ballot wording: Shall the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in an amount up to Twenty Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars ($20,700,000) for the purpose of parks and recreation improvements including but not limited to constructing, furnishing and equipping an expansion to Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center and a new facility for recreation programs in Civic Park and developing O’Day Park by constructing, furnishing and equipping an adventure playground and picnic area, hiking and fitness trails, an outdoor amphitheater, and an activity/conference center?

The city says that Alligator’s Creek is often full to capacity, and that this bond issue would allow the city to double the current capacity and add new features, including a zero-entry pool and a splash pad. A new bath house would add changing space and lockers.

O’Day Park, a 55-acre site off of Highway DD, was donated to the city in 2001. The city plans to develop its as a nature-themed park with amenities.

The city has already budgeted $1.9 million for Project Parks. The bond up for vote would raise the remainder of the funds, and would be paid for with a two-cent (per $100 assessed value) property tax increase.

The bond requires a 4/7 majority (57.14 percent) approval to pass.

The city is also promising that if the bond passes, and once the new facility at Civic Park is complete, the Civic Annex on Elm Street will be repurposed as the new St. Charles Veterans Museum.