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LETTER: ‘No’ vote is safe vote on pool decision

To the Editor: In consideration of a yes vote or a no vote in the upcoming election involving the pool project, we must look at the cost, need, present and future advantages and disadvantages of the project. The proposed cost $8,085,880. Of this,...

To the Editor:

In consideration of a yes vote or a no vote in the upcoming election involving the pool project, we must look at the cost, need, present and future advantages and disadvantages of the project.

The proposed cost $8,085,880. Of this, $4,808,880 is from surplus city funds (piggy bank) and $750,000 from community project reserves (piggy bank) from 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Our city leaders, department heads and their employees have worked hard to keep operating costs at a minimum to allow us these surpluses. Spending this money would deplete our rainy day fund. The MAC representatives have stated in their support for the project that the biggest benefit would be to the community. What has not been heard is support from the daily users of the present facility stating their need for the project. Only their satisfaction in the present pool has been voiced.

It is apparent that the MAC does not consider their activity as a spectator sport, as there has been nothing in their requests for public seating or funding support through tickets sales for their events as is present in the city's other public supported sports organizations.

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We, as a community, will not have a return on this investment as we enjoy in the Cadwell sports complex, the hockey facility, the Corn Palace, the tennis courts or the soccer complex. Use and attendance in these has grown and will have continued growth into the future, while the numbers involved in the swim club have decreased over the years. If we're to break our piggy bank let's make sure that we do it for the right thing, not a gamble. Too many questions, too many possibilities for failure.

A no vote is a safe vote.

Gerald Peterson

Mitchell

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