76
      Saturday
      87 / 64
      Sunday
      92 / 65
      Monday
      93 / 65

      ARC organizers: This won't be the last of our group

      The final tally, 54-46, voters made it clear they aren't ready for the proposed recreation center in Southeast Amarillo. It was a hefty campaign for the groups pushing for the project, but what went wrong?

      William Ware, senior vice president of Amarillo National Bank said, "I think there was a lot of misunderstandings and uncertainties about costs, tax increases and operational maintenance. Those issues probably should have been addressed a little better."

      The $2.9 million in private money set aside for the project were pledges, and since the bond didn't pass group organizers never collected any money.

      There is one group in Amarillo who didn't shy when it came to asking voters on Facebook to vote against the Amarillo Recreation Center (ARC). The group said, "Others would be willing to consider supporting the ARC if it would turn a profit to pay for itself."

      According to Ware, ARC would create a profit for the city of Amarillo.

      "What everyone needed to realize is it would have been an economic benefit to Amarillo." Ware said. "It's something we don't have, and families are leaving Amarillo every weekend and spending money elsewhere and that's money that could have stayed in Amarillo."

      The night of the election groups in favor of ARC gathered to hear the results, but the results were not to their liking, "There's a lot of positive to take from this deal and if it doesn't go our way it won't be the last you'll hear from this group," President of Kids, Incorporated, Jimmy Lackey, said.

      Proposition 17 which passed that does not accept petitions if it has been the subject of a public election within three years does not effect ARC because it is a bond election, which means if group organizers wanted, it could be on the ballot come May 2014.