Council Hears Concerns On Pool Plan

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Several Athens residents and pool users urged Athens City Council on Monday to take its time in finalizing a design for a new outdoor pool, and they also advocated for an indoor aquatic center.

Last November, city voters approved a 20-year income tax levy for the city’s Arts, Parks and Recreation Department for the replacement of the city’s current pool, plus funding of other arts, parks and recreation upgrades and operations.

According to former Athens mayor Ric Abel, who serves as chairman of the Athens Arts, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the levy is estimated to generate $17.9 million over 20 years. The advisory board is recommending that $7.3 million be budgeted for construction of a new pool.

For the full story, read The Athens Messenger.