ST. JOSEPH -- The City of St. Joseph is making a bid for $3-million in state bonding today (Tuesday).

They hope to use that money to build a $4.2-million community center to accommodate both passive and active recreation. The remaining $1.2-million would be paid for by the half-cent sales tax.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a 43 percent population increase since 2000.

City administrator, Judy Weyrens says some of the community's suggestions for the center include adding a pool and fitness facility.

If they are approved for state bonding dollars a special committee will move forward in finalizing plans to build a 28,000-square-foot facility.

Weyrens says the city has a few potential locations picked out--including a site along County Road 75.

Mayor Rick Schultz is scheduled to present the city's bid to the Senate Capital Investment Committee during their Minnesota tour today (Tuesday).