In Support of the Beach Pool
Last Friday, the Sand Paper was contacted by several concerned parents who’d been told that funding for the Beach Pool may be cut from the Town’s budget either this year or next. While Town officials deny this is happening, the parents say they were told there’s no point in starting a Beach Elementary Swim League since the pool may be closed. The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)’s Facebook page is filled with people expressing their concerns with the future of our pool, as is another page created to draw attention to what may happen if Council doesn’t see support from the community to keep funding the pool. Currently, the Bay Oaks Recreation Campus and the Beach Pool take up 13% of the Town’s yearly expenses –or a projected $931,500 for coming fiscal year 2015/2016. Of that amount, $253,800 is dedicated for the pool, covering items like salaries ($141,000), maintenance and operation ($25,000), repairs ($30,000) and utilities ($30,000). Projected revenues from the pool for the coming fiscal year are expected to be $45,000.