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I have noticed an absence of factual presentations regarding the upcoming $3 million bond election for a new leisure swimming pool, so I read the county’s feasibility study.
The total cost of the pool will be $6.1 million, or slightly more than $2,000 per square foot of pool area.
Although limited by land area, the designers conceived an attractive facility to compensate for the cold tomb-like qualities of the existing Olympic-size pool. However, some practical questions remain.
The bond is $3 million, but I conclude the continuing subsidy for operating costs will make the cost of the bond look small.
The leisure facility will provide approximately 8,500 square feet of new floor space surrounding a warm pool of 2,950 square feet, approximately one-fourth the area of the existing pool.
In county surveys, the two largest requests were for a warm activity pool and for a warm 25-yard lap pool.
The proposed leisure pool can be warm, but it would offer at best a very cramped lap-type swimming. It’s mainly for the kids.
The annual operating cost of the existing Olympic pool is $1.13 million, of which 30 percent is provided by user fees.
Every year, the taxpayers subsidize the remaining 70 percent, which is $795,000.
The new leisure pool will require an additional $285,000 for annual operating costs.
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