Last edited on February 28, 2017
A local elected official has spoken up about why the citizens of Mountain Home, Idaho and Elmore County cannot afford to have nice things like an indoor pool. In her own word ...
"the population of Mountain Home and Elmore County is decreasing. The median income is less than the state average while the poverty level is higher than the state average." - Judy Mayne, a Western Elmore County Recreation District director in February 2017.
|In the last 15 months, the WECRD directors has told the citizens they cannot afford a recreation center even after taxing the residents for the last 15 years.for that new building.|
This is the economic environment that new businesses and even incoming military members find themselves in when faced with the prospect of relocating to Mountain Home, Idaho now and in the future.
The full statement from Judy Mayne', director of the Western Elmore County Recreation District (WECRD):
I love to swim and value what private and public pools offer individuals, families, and communities. My family and I are big fans of our community pool. I participate in water aerobics 3-4 days/week with my daughter and friends. It's great! My 3 grandchildren take swim lessons throughout the summer and every year we rent the pool for a summer birthday party. WE LOVE the POOL!
When I first began researching pools I supported a year-round pool for Mountain Home. I couldn't understand why Stan Franks and some others said it would not work. As I became more educated on the actual costs involved in building and maintaining pools, and the patterns of use, reality sunk in and I came to the conclusion that, as much as people love the concept, this is not feasible for our community.
Pool use is seasonal for most people. The high cost to operate a pool for an additional 9 months for a limited number of people is prohibitive. In addition, the population of Mountain Home and Elmore County is decreasing. The median income is less than the state average while the poverty level is higher than the state average. Pursing this unrealistic dream of a year-round pool prevents the WECRD and the City from offering other types of recreational opportunities and facilities that benefit our community and are far less expensive to build and maintain. We have an aging public pool and efforts need to be put into assessing options to preserve this important community resource.
Link to Mayne's full statement can be found at: http://www.wecrd.org/index.php/pools
Originally published on February 28, 2017
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