In this month’s spotlight, we’d like to share more information about the 50-meter outdoor pool and aquatic center that is proposed in the Community Center Referendum question set for November 2. Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the project is why an outdoor pool, versus an indoor one, was chosen for the potential center? Extensive studies show an indoor pool would only be 25% of the size of the proposed outdoor pool with very limited amenities. It would also come at a considerably higher cost, both for the construction and subsequent operation costs. The proposal calls for a number of amenities within the center’s design.
2.5-acre aquatic facility with 50-meter pool, for family, swim club and competition use
• The larger pool would also feature a deep-water diving well with diving boards, a drop slide, zipline, climbing wall and ADA pool ramp
• A shallow water recreation pool with a tots play area, basketball hoops, water walk and body slides
• A lazy river is also included in the plan with plenty of areas for chaise lounge seating
In the next CG Reports, you can learn more about the proposed indoor playground portion of the plan.
$39.2 Million Community Center Referendum Question: Tax Impact
The proposed funding source for the project would come through general obligation bonds, if approved by the voters. The estimated, additional monthly amount to the city’s portion of an individual’s property taxes is:
• $11/month on property valued at $250,000
• $14/month on property valued at $300,000
• $19/month on property valued at $400,000
The City also assumes an annual operating subsidy will be needed to operate the facility. Currently, the City’s Finance Department estimates an additional $1 per month, per household to cover those operational costs.