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Columbus To Use Sports Loan For Infrastructure Projects

Money intended to fund a sports complex in Columbus is being directed to other city projects.

Kristen Brown

Photo: Bill Shaw / WTIU News

Republican Kristen Brown has pushed for ethics reform as a plank in her campaign for mayor.

The Columbus city council is taking money initially dedicated to the construction of an outdoor sports complex and directing it to other infrastructure projects.

The city took out the $8.2- million loan in 2010.  Council voted last month not to build the sports complex the money was intended to fund.  Now Mayor Kristen Brown says she wants to use the loan to pay for some capital improvements that had been deferred.

“Primarily a road overlay program and some facilities maintenance in our parks and rec department,” said Brown

The council decided Tuesday to reissue the debt rather than prepay the bond. Brown said the prepayment penalties would have been around a half million dollars.  The council plans to take public input at a meeting March 6th to determine how to spend the remaining money.

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