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ALTOONA REFERENDUM: Voters Against $4m Bond

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Altoona voters shot down a multimillion dollar construction project.

The bond referendum held Tuesday asked voters to help finance an expansion to the Greater Altoona Community Service Campus.

The $4-million plan was to expand the campus’ youth area, renovate workout areas, upgrade the locker rooms and improve the parking lot.

Property taxes were set to increase 34-cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation but 64% of voters decided against it.

The proposal needed a 60% approval rate for it to pass.

Unofficial results show 1,080 ballots were cast.


  • Frustrated in Altoona

    Altoona residents are already tired of paying high taxes. $155 a month for the SEP High School is ridiculous enough. What is the Campus doing with my $650 membership fee every year? They need to manage their money better and pay for upgrades with their own money, not raise taxes further!

  • Jess

    Doesn’t really seem like the financial burden for this should be put upon the entire community unless the center is opened up to be used for free by all Altoona residents.

    I assume the Campus is owned by the city,not a private company and that how adding it to the taxes could even be an option.

    I confess to having never been in the Campus, but, I have some friends who are members there. From what I have heard, it is a very nice facility (much better than what some surrounding communities have). $4M in upgrades seems like an awfully lot!

  • do ur job

    Maybe they can allocate an estimated tax receipt for those 30 new employees over the next 20 years to pay for the upgrades.

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