NORFOLK, Neb.--Local business leaders and community members kicked off a campaign called ‘Vote Yes For Norfolk' at the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday afternoon. The group is working towards what it believes are much-needed upgrades for streets, safety, and sports opportunities around the area.

In November, voters around the area will have a chance to vote on the issue.

One of the speakers of the event, Glenn Wapelhorst, said he believes the initiative is vital for the city's future.

“I feel like the community betterment initiative that Norfolk is putting up before its voters right now is incredibly important,” said Wapelhorst. “We as a community have a long history of wanting to remain vital and relevant to our citizens and to the northeast Nebraska area.”

Among the numerous proposals in the plan are an indoor aquatic center. Wapelhorst said he thinks that could play a major role in not only attracting younger folks to the area but keeping them as well.

“The improvement we're making with the aquatic center, I believe is going to make our kids in grade school, high school [have] a tremendous positive feeling about this area as they grow into college,” he added.

Other items the campaign is pushing for are an upgraded Norfolk Police Division facility, repairs to the city streets, and upgraded Ta-Ha-Zouka Park.

The funding is expected to come from a local sales tax increase, bumping up from 1.5% to 2%.

Campaign leaders said the police facility upgrades will cost $8.5 million, street improvements will come in at $12 million, the aquatic center will carry a $32 million price tag and the Ta-Ha-Zouka Park upgrades will be an estimated $15 million.