New Clarksville Library, Stokes Field Complex on Proposed Budget
That new branch of the public library up north from Clarksville? It currently looks closer to reality, but as a scaled down version of what was initially suggested.
And what about the new North Clarksville Little League baseball-softball complex at Stokes Field? It too could soon be funded – but it will also get a lot less money for the time being than originally forecast.
These are just two highlights of the proposed capital projects budget that was tentatively prepared by Borough Mayor Jim Durrett and the Borough Budget Committee, composed of Commissioners John Gannon, Larry Rocconi, Rashidah Leverett and James Lewis.
When they present the budget for the first time late Wednesday afternoon in a non-voting, introductory roundtable discussion of the full commission, the bottom line for many members of the legislature could be:
No change is proposed for the 2022-23 period from the current county property tax rate of $2.99 per $100 appraised value. A season of trimming, trimming and prioritizing some key components has brought the Budgets Committee to this point.
A general purpose fund budget of nearly $347 million for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) is presented to the commissioners, as well as nearly $117 million in proposed county general spending, which the commissioners have authority to control by line item .
That’s just the local property taxpayers’ share of the budget. There are other categories to consider, particularly under CMCSS, but they fall under different revenue streams at different levels of government.
When it comes to overall CMCSS budgeting, only the School Board and not the Commission has the authority to spend on line items, although the Commission is the final funding authority.
Originally, the Jordan Road branch of the Satellite Library and the larger Stokes Field improvements were each expected to receive an identical total of $16.5 million.
But with so much departmental spending on the table and limited funds available, Durrett and the budget committee declined to allocate that much money to either project.
Instead, $10 million in professional services is proposed for the new library in the upcoming fiscal year, while Stokes Field would receive $8 million for construction.
A total of US$7 million has been allocated for right-of-way and utility relocations for part of the ongoing Rossview Road widening project.
Various capital projects requested by CMCSS from the county will receive an additional $3.5 million under this budget, while improvements to Charles Bell Road requested by the County Highway Department will receive $2.7 million for the Purchase of rights of way plus $715,000 in professional services received.
A new toilet facility in Rotary Park could be funded with $1.6 million.
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Also with $1.6 million, the Highway Department is trying to make improvements to the River Road.
Highway officials also want to spend $1.5 million to improve the intersection at Dunlop and Rollow Lanes.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Airport Authority will receive $1.5 million as the county’s share of the combined local government allocation for improvements made at Outlaw Field.
And the long-planned Fort Campbell Wings of Liberty Historical Museum, which showcases the military facility and its 101st
The County and City of Clarksville are each proposing to provide $1 million for the estimated $28 million needed to build the Fort Campbell Public Museum.
“The group raising money for the museum reached out to the city and county a few months ago, asking us to include the funding in our fiscal 2023 budgets if they received $20 million from the state,” said Joe Pitts, Mayor of Clarksville.
Durrett agreed with Pitts and expressed his administration’s desire to also participate in Wings of Liberty.
And in a separate, joint announcement, 22nd District Sen. Bill Powers (R-Clarksville) and Deputy Speaker of the House Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) said the $20 million from the state for the historical museum of Fort Campbell are actually secured.
Durrett and Pitts are proposing three-year clawback provisions with county and city funds for Wings of Library as part of their agreements, requiring that construction either be underway during that period or that local governments be reimbursed.
“I’m excited about the project and I believe it will be a great attraction for our community,” added Pitts.
Some other proposed county funds under capital projects include these:
► $750,000 for professional services for a new shelter for Montgomery County Animal Care & Control
► $610,000 for professional services for a new County Highway Department office facility, plus $110,000 for other renovations of Department property
► $550,000 for renovations to South Guthrie County facilities
► $360,000 for land acquisition for a new community center for Lone Oak, plus $160,000 for community center renovation
► $250,000 in professional services for the renovation of the Department of Human Services offices at Veterans Plaza
► $200,000 to build Lafayette Road
► $170,000 for server blade replacement for the district information technology department plus a total of $350,000 for other district IT work
► $110,000 for the renovation of the County Clerk’s offices
► $100,000 for battery-powered hydraulic rescue tools for the county volunteer fire department
► $60,000 for a new truck for the Emergency Management Agency
► $60,000 to add pumping services to existing tankers for the county volunteer fire department
► $60,000 for professional services to renovate the Montgomery County Courts Center
► $50,000 for concrete rejuvenation in historic courthouse
► $30,000 for professional services to develop the Courthouse Annex
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