Muscogee County School Board votes to bring architect team to design new athletic facility

Muscogee County School Board votes to bring architect team to design new athletic facility

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Creating a vision for a brand-new athletic facility in South Columbus was a major talking point at the Muscogee County School Board's meeting Monday night.

Spending $50,000 is the first step in creating the facility.

The school district said the proposed project would cost $11 million and while some board members voted to move forward with the vote and deliver to taxpayers, others said there isn't enough tax revenue to cover the entire cost.

"It's an item on the referendum, and we have to do what we said we were going to do, said Patricia Hugley Green," District 1 board member. "I thank all of our citizens for that because without them, we could not do many of the capital projects."

"I'm not saying that I don't support the athletic facility. I'm not saying I don't feel that it shouldn't be built. I'm just saying that things are too much in the air at the moment to justify spending the money on the proposal," added John Thomas, District 2 board member.

The board voted in favor of the $50,000 expense to bring in a team of architects for the design by a margin of 6-2.

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