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Independence to Experience Economic Shuffle

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - Some big changes could soon be coming to the look of Our Town Independence. The city isn’t looking to put up any new buildings, but it is shifting some things in town.

The old high school sits empty since the school district built a new building on the west side of town. Now, the city council is working to move the police station and Falcon Civic Center to the old school’s campus. Leaders also want to improve the aquatics center near the school, so it could hold swim meets. Mayor Bonita Davis says she’s trying to make everything work without raising taxes too much.

“It’s a juggling act sometimes to try to get all of that all together,” Bonita Davis, Independence Mayor, said. “I’m lucky enough to have a good city council that work together in committees and such that are working on this process, so it’s still in the negotiating stage, so nothing’s been finalized, but we’re hoping to get that developed.”

The school district says this opportunity to get something into the high school could not have come at a better time. The superintendent says the district is always happy to partner with the city.

“We have been working with them and trying to come up with what’s that going to look like what’s the whole plan of attack with that, but it’s been very positive so far. The school is very willing to help in any way that we can because the community has been so supportive to us,“ Jean Peterson, Independence Community School District Superintendent, said.

With the Civic Center possibly moving into the old high school, the Buchanan County Fair Grounds near the old civic center could take over the building.

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