Orange City, Iowa — A five-million-dollar bond referendum vote will come before the Orange City community on September 10th. The money will be used toward a new comprehensive wellness center.
Orange City Area Health System is owned by the City of Orange City. Health system CEO Marty Guthmiller tells us they are trying to get the word out about why the facility is needed.
He gives us some background.
He says they are releasing more information on their Facebook page and are developing a FAQ. Absentee ballots are now available and may be requested on an official form until August 30th. Orange City residents can also vote early in-person at the Sioux County Auditor’s Office.
He says they have several community meetings planned at the Praire Winds Event Center so that people can find out more and get their questions answered.
Guthmiller tells us they expect the property tax rate to increase $1.50 per $1000 of valuation. If the bond vote is successful Guthmiller says they hope to start construction next spring, and it will take 12 to 18 months from that date to complete. Guthmiller says the Aspire Center will cost much more than five million dollars, but that is what they are asking from the community.