Special Election Information
Barry County Commission on Aging Special Election Information
- Download Ballot Language
- Download Current COA Analysis - Master Facility Plan
- Download High-Resolution Renderings of Proposed COA Building
What is the special election for?
On November 7, 2017 Barry County voters will decide on a millage to replace the current Commission on Aging building. The building is Barry County’s primary building for senior activities and large gatherings.
When is the election?
November 7, 2017.
What's wrong with the current Commission on Aging building?
A 2015 independent study said the current facility is “beyond its useful life”. The study gave the building a “poor” rating because of its age, size, flat roof and continuous water damage. It recommended demolishing the current building and constructing a new facility on the same site.
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The current building also lacks a commercial kitchen, so the building can’t be rented for banquets. Food for Meals-on- Wheels is prepared offsite and brought in. The building is also energy inefficient, and is heated by several small residential furnaces scattered around the facility.
How much will a new Commission on Aging building cost?
A new building will cost $5.4 million. To help with the cost, County officials have been saving up, and reduced the size of the proposed building.
If this proposal passes, how much will I pay in additional taxes?
The proposed millage will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $2.97 the first year. After the first year, it would cost $8.35 every year until 2037, or until the bonds are paid.
What new services will be offered in a new Commission on Aging building?
- Space for activities like strength and balance training, indoor walking clubs, racquet sports, billiards and more.
- Secure office wing allows for more evening programs designed for working older adults.
- New technology center with space for video conferencing and technology training classes.
- Expanded community room for lunch and learn events, business meetings and public forums.
What will the new building look like?