Race heats up to gather signatures for and against Center Grove fieldhouse

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — To build or not to build is the debate over a proposed $10 million fieldhouse at Center Grove High School.

And both sides of the issue are collecting old-fashioned signatures.

Whoever gets the most wins.

The new student activity center would feature multipurpose areas, basketball courts and a running track.

But if it weren’t built, an existing tax would expire, possibly making taxes lower.

That’s one of the reasons some people are against the building.

Volunteers spent Thursday evening getting signatures on petitions opposing a new student center at Center Grove High School.

“I’m here because I’m angry,” volunteer and opponent Marian Martin said.

Martin has personally collected about 100 signatures.

She doesn’t think the new center is a good way to spend tax dollars.

“I don’t think the kids really need four more basketball courts or an indoor running track,” she said.

But supporter Billy Bemis said the new facility will be used for more than just athletics.

“It’s going to be used for state-mandated physical education classes each day of the school year. It’s going to be used for club activities, marching band, robotics,” he said.

Bemis also sees the facility as an investment in the school and its nearly 2,600 students.

“You have to invest, you have to invest in facilities, you have to invest in your programming,” he said.

The facility would be paid through extending an existing tax for a total of $10 million.

The tax rate would not increase if it’s built but opponents like the alternative.

“If this is not built, our taxes will most likely go down,” Martin said.

Supporters like Bemis are fine with keeping the existing tax in place if it means a new facility for Center Grove.

“The school has done a great job with keeping our tax rate constant over the last several years,” he said.

This sprint for signatures is called a remonstrance.

It’s taking place because the project fell short of the amount needed to bring it to a public vote.

Each side has until Dec. 14 to gather all the signatures they can.

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