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Pool possibilities after Byron referendum flops

Talia Milavetz
Updated: November 08, 2019 05:42 PM
Created: November 08, 2019 04:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) - ABC 6 News is learning what’s next for the Byron pool after a proposal for a multi-million dollar aquatic center lost by a landslide on Tuesday. 

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It was a resounding no with neighbors in Byron with 87% choosing not to raise their property taxes in order to create the $9.1 million facility. But that doesn’t mean the idea is a dead end. 

"They could discuss do they want to do a smaller version? Do they want to cut out some of the amenities,” said Mary Blair-Hoeft, Byron City Administrator. 

The original proposal was put forward by a volunteer pool committee. It would have included a lap pool, diving board, water slide, lazy river, splash pad, and climbing wall. Now, it will be up to city council to decide what’s next. 

"We have a pool that has over lived its life perhaps. They will have to make the decision on how much money to put into the current pool," said Blair-Hoeft.

Some residents said Friday they do want to see a new pool, but one less extravagant. 

"I know a lot of people voiced their concern over the school growth and that they are going to come with a referendum. People are concerned about their pocketbook and we expect that," said Blair-Hoeft.

The pool committee declined to go on camera, but did issue this statement:

As a committee we worked hard to develop a pool that we felt would fit the needs of Byron today and in the future as our community continues to grow. The voters decided it was not the right time for a new pool. 

A survey will likely be sent out to the community to ask what they actually want to see in a pool before any next steps are taken.

Public works said the immediate fixes for the current pool could cost at least $70,000 for recoating if city council approves it.

The city said the pool could continue to run as long as there is funding for maintenance and repairs. 


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