MARYVILLE, Mo. − Voters will decide next month on a tax to pay for a new indoor athletics complex on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.
The Maryville City Council decided in August to place a 5 percent transient guest tax — often known as a hotel tax or bed tax — on the Nov. 8 ballot. The city plans to use revenue from the tax to contribute $3.45 million to the $20 million project over the next 23 years.
The proposed 137,250-square-foot “Northwest Multipurpose Complex” would contain a 100-yard artificial turf field, a 300-meter track, spectator seating, meeting rooms and a removable flooring system. The facility would be west of Bearcat Stadium on land currently occupied by football practice fields.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Maryville City Manager Greg McDanel gave a presentation on the project last week to Northwest’s Student Senate. The duo touted the collaboration between the university and city, along with how the facility would benefit stakeholders across the community.
“The bottom line is, this is the single largest public-private partnership in our university and community’s 111-year history,” Jasinski said.
Jasinski said the facility would not only help the university’s athletics programs but also would provide opportunities for programs and events that could benefit all students, faculty and staff.
“When you think about the competitive nature of Division II athletics and the MIAA conference, absolutely, positively this will be used for athletics,” Jasinski said. “Beyond that though, as you think about not just recruitment and retention of students, but engagement of students, this will help engage students.”
McDanel explained to the student senate how the community would benefit as well. The facility could help local tourism as a venue for events like trade shows or concerts, while it also could host athletics or wellness programs through the city’s parks and recreation department.
“You can change this community forever while you’re here,” McDanel said.
The city and Northwest have worked together on numerous projects in the community, such as the Fourth Street Corridor, off-campus student housing, The Watson 9 golf course, and the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area (MOERA).
If the project gains voter approval, construction could begin next summer, with work expected to take about one year.