Ashwaubenon: Community center, pool, auditorium fundraising goals on track

The Ashwaubenon Community Center under construction on Feb. 22, 2016. (WLUK/Chris Bourassa)

After bids for several new community projects came in over budget, Ashwaubenon says its additional million-dollar fundraising goal will be met.

That goal is on top of the millions approved for the currently under-construction projects in a referendum nearly two years ago.

Spread between the construction on the new community auditorium, pool and community center, is roughly $20 million of village money. But not everything fit within the budget.

"We did a lot of cost saving measures and some construction management and we're going to come in pretty much where we thought we would come in," said Village President Mike Aubinger, after construction bids came in more than a quarter over the projected budget.

"If you guys want this stuff, you got to go and raise funds for it, we're not going to put it on the property taxes." The stuff being non-structural items like additional auditorium riggings, a grand piano, community center fire places and aquatic center scoreboards.

Since, Aubinger says the Ashwaubenon Community Facilities Fund has come up with $800,000 of its $1.035 million fundraising goal.

The village broke ground on the community center in August; the pool and auditorium - which will be attached to Ashwaubenon High - in October. Aubinger is optimistic the extra money will be raised in time.

"We're going to meet our goal, I'm sure. People have been extremely generous and very excited about the projects and we expect them to meet our goals that we have, which will allow us to put everything back into the buildings, without having to put it on the taxes."

If everything goes according to plan, the community center is set to be done in June. The new pool and auditorium in November.

Correction: A line in a previous version of this story stated that the projects went over budget. It was the construction bids that came in over budget. It has since been corrected.

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