Schools should help pay for pool

The Redmond City Council proposed to our City Council that they join and create a new taxing district to build a swimming pool. The details are in this Sammamish Review article.

Let’s see: new taxes for a park district. May Don Gerend wants to increase the Real Estate Excise Tax by one-quarter percent; and the City will likely need to impose a utility tax to either balance the budget in a few years or pay for its contribution to the Town Center infrastructure.

Here’s an idea: why not have the Lake Washington and Issaquah School districts and the Eastside Catholic High School contribute to the capital costs and on-going maintenance of a pool? Their students need an Olympic size pool for swim team competition. They now have to rent facilities outside the city and drive to get there.

We all know that a pool alone requires subsidies. A pool needs to be part of an integrated recreation center to pay its own way. A non-profit organization in Pt. Townsend has the right idea. It also has a feasibility study.

Our city needs an integrated rec center with swimming pool. It doesn’t need to be half way to Redmond. And we don’t need yet another taxing district.

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One Response to Schools should help pay for pool

  1. Kelly Munn says:

    It would be possible to get the school districts to pay for the capitalization….would have to be in the next running of a bond or capital levy. Of course it would getting agreement that they even want a pool, which I don’t think the school districts really want.

    But on-going maintenance wouldn’t fly at all. This would mean additional operating costs that the school districts just don’t have…unless the operating costs are less then the rental fees (which I doubt)

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