City approves pool passes, rates

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners Tuesday directed Parks and Recreation officials to create season pool passes.

They also decided to use surplus taxes — already approved by voters — for pool maintenance and renovations.

Commissioners also gave officials the green light on recommended rates for the 2015 swim season.

Current daily rates will be unchanged: $1 for non-swimmer entry fee, the $1 twilight swim, and the no charge on re-entry policy.

Eddie Eastes, interim director of Parks and Recreation, said the season passes would eliminate problems with the punch card system. He said if individual passes are issued rather than one pass per family, it will also eliminate kids giving their passes to friends.

Eastes said the season passes would be comparable to the 80-punch pass in price. The pass currently costs $180 for adults and $140 for children. He said they would also look into giving discounts for families.

Eastes said the pools were closed 16 days out of the 80-day season this year —due to weather and other issues. Eastes also said he would bring a detailed rate structure for season passes back to the commission.

Deputy city manager Jason Hilgers also asked commissioners to consider three options for use of the surplus sales taxes collected for the city pools.

Voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax through 2018 to fund renovations of the pools. Since its creation, the city has collected about $2 million above projections.

Commissioners agreed that the city should use the money for what the voters had in mind – the pools.

No vote was taken, but Hilgers said he would bring a formal proposal back to the commission.

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