Butler County Athletics

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Butler County needs a new High School athletics facility, but in order to pay for it, residents could see a rise in their taxes.

The school's sports teams have been forced to use alternative places to practice and play because their own facilities aren't up to par.

The school superintendent said, "opportunity grows a community" so he's pleading with residents to help with the cost.

"If we ask the community to raise revenue through taxes or whatever, then we're asking them to step up," Superintendent Larry Woods said.

Athletes in Butler County want to see new athletics facilities, but it'll take thousands to build new ones.

For the last several years Butler County athletics have been playing their opponents at the city park.

The city and county have a great working relationship, but both agree between the deteriorated track, problems with the football field and sharing fields with all of Butler County's athletes, it has to stop.

Woods said looking for land is the first step in fixing the problem.

"We have been in talks with the city government in buying 12 acres to start growing this idea," Woods said.

The mound of dirt across the Natcher Parkway from the school is under discussion and the city is waiting on the board of education to make a move.

"When they get ready, the city is working with them any way they can," Mayor Eva Hawes said.

Mayor Hawes said the city will do whatever it takes to help out.

Right now there's no official contract for the high school to use the city's park because their partnership has been one of compromise and trust.

Mayor Hawes said if the school board decides against buying new land, she'll gladly draw up a contract both sides can agree on.

Woods is trying to get the community to wrap their minds around the issue's expense.

He feels although residents will ultimately have to pay, Butler County will once again become an attractive place to raise a family and play sports.

Butler County has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.

Woods is afraid anytime tax raise is mentioned, it's met with opposition. He hopes this won't be the case as Butler County students will benefit from better facilities.

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