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LETTER: Indoor pool, or money pit?

To the Editor: So I'm sure we've all heard the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." A recent morning's paper proves that true once again. Our mayor has announced the operating costs for the new pool could be between $250...

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To the Editor:

So I'm sure we've all heard the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." A recent morning's paper proves that true once again.

Our mayor has announced the operating costs for the new pool could be between $250,000 to

$400,000 per year. Of course, before the vote, we never heard those numbers. The Parks and Recreation Department gave us estimates of $86,600 or so.

I said it before the vote, and I'll say it again: we were bamboozled. The $8 million pool won't even break ground until sometime in 2017, and even just that fact means it will cost more than people voted for just because we all know costs go up every year for construction. Plus, they don't even have a design yet, which usually costs in the tens of thousands.

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I tried to warn people, but no, we just had to get this pool approved. I'll say it now, and remember this, I believe if this does keep going forward, it's going to cost between $10 to $12 million just to get it built because of rising costs and delays, which always seem to happen in major construction. That's why I voted no to begin with, because we didn't have all the facts. Mitchell has been misled, and if this continues to go forward, we will have a money pit on our hands.

Lloyd Bunch

Mitchell

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