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LETTER: Not enough facts reported on pool

To the Editor: I enjoyed participating in the pool forum. I believe it would have been much more informative if it was not so structured and restrictive. My request to have a more open discussion was rejected by the Chamber of Commerce. The chamb...

To the Editor:

I enjoyed participating in the pool forum. I believe it would have been much more informative if it was not so structured and restrictive. My request to have a more open discussion was rejected by the Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber board allowed me to speak at one of its closed-door meetings in late October. By early November, they came out endorsing the pool. They have yet to respond to the points I presented to them that this pool project makes no economic sense.

One of the chamber board members is the publisher of this paper. I thought this paper's coverage of the pool forum was very biased and favored the proponents. I was quoted out of context, and the report seemed to leave in readers' eyes the exact opposite of what I said. Instead, opinions were presented as facts.

The city administrator has stated the only hard fact is that the council approved $8,085,880. If you add up the numbers, the total amounts to only $8,058,880. The cost of the project is stated to be $8,071,006.

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What most don't know is the consulting firm who put that estimate together in 2014 said we should add 3 to 5 percent for inflation. That means this project could be an $8.5 to $9 million project by 2016. Then what, more taxes?

The city administrator has also stated the project is not yet designed, and we don't know what it will cost until that is done, specifications are established and the project is put up for bid. She says we are months away from that. At this point, there is more we don't know than we do know.

Perhaps we should ask those who recently experienced their basements being turned into a pool of raw sewage if it is OK for them to pay for someone's fun and games. What kind of community is led by those who expect others to pay for what they want?

Do what is right; go down to City Hall and vote no on the pool referendum before Dec. 8.

Steve Sibson

Mitchell

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