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Swimming Pool Fee Passes

Posted by wlpo on November 8, 2010

The number of people at last night’s Peru City Council meeting may have filled an outdoor swimming pool if the city still had one working.

A large crowd turned out to give their two cents about trying to pay for a new pool.  A couple of people say they’ll refuse to pay a 5 dollar a month pool fee if it gets tacked onto their utility bills.

Mayor Scott Harl suggested instead of five dollars for everyone, charge five percent of a person’s bill so higher utility users pay more towards the pool.  The council again went against the mayor and passed the $5 a month fee.  It would generate 336 thousand dollars a year but only go into effect if the city gets a DNR grant.

Alderman Dave Potthoff said he’s not certain this is the way to finance a pool, but they need to go forward at least with applying for a grant.  He also suggests the city start an account for public donations towards the pool.  Alderman Tony Ferrari says he’s already heard from a handful of people who want to pitch in money for a pool.

The estimated cost of a new pool is 3.5 million dollars.  The grant could pay up to 75 percent of that cost.

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