VOTE YES MARCH 4, 2014
FOR THE AMES CONVENTION CENTER
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Eligible voters may cast a ballot at any one of the following Vote Centers for the Ames City Special Election
Ames Public Measure A:
Shall the City of Ames, in Story County, Iowa, issue its bonds in an amount not exceeding $19,000,000 for the purpose of paying one-half of the cost of constructing a multi-use convention facility located at the Iowa State University Center, to be jointly owned by the City and Iowa State University, and of renovating the Iowa State University Scheman Building
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The Iowa State Center was originally built in 1971. This unique four-building complex has continued to be one-of-a-kind, with an auditorium, theater, sports arena and convention center.
With a growing demand for space to accommodate social receptions, banquets, community events, job fairs and more, it is time for us to expand and remodel the Scheman Building so it can continue to be Ames' gathering place. To learn more, view a quick video about this project
The facility will include 35,000 square feet of indoor space that can be used for a single large event or split into separate spaces to host trade shows, social receptions, job fairs, professional conferences and educational opportunities.
New rental policies, subsidized by hotel/motel tax, will be established to provide complimentary meeting space for university and community organizations, with a policy similar to the Ames Public Library.
Ames and Iowa State University are collaborating to expand and update the multi-use convention space at the Iowa State Center. The new facility will be an addition to the north side of the Scheman Building. This partnership will be similar to other projects, including the Ames/ISU Ice Arena, Furman Aquatic Center and CyRide.
The $38 million initiative includes construction of the new multi-use facility estimated at $32.2 million, plus $6.5 million for renovations to the Scheman Building. As a partner, Ames would be responsible for half the costs and would propose to fund their portion through a 20-year bond referendum.
What does this mean for Ames residents? If the bond referendum is approved, Ames residents will see an increase in property tax of $30.35 per $100,000 residential property (about $5 per month for the average homeowner) and $57.46 per $100,000 commercial property.
The City of Ames and Iowa State University will jointly share the cost of the expansion and renovation project. The two entities will jointly own the new multi-use facility.
Iowa State University will be responsible for the daily management of the new facility and the existing Iowa State Center. The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau would use the increase in hotel/motel taxes from out-of-town visitors to subsidize meeting and event space for local groups based on hotel usage and local economic impact.
SUPPORT AMES AND IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY AS IOWA'S LEADING DESTINATION FOR EDUCATIONAL AND YOUTH EVENTS
Ames and Iowa State University are proud to be the current home for major in-state and international youth events, bringing future Iowa State students and their families to Ames for a variety of competitions and events.