Humphrey is being asked to vote on an additional 1/2 cent sales tax to help pay for a new $3.1 million swimming pool. I am not against Humphrey having a pool, but do we really need to spend $3.1 million? It will take a lot of taxable sales to raise money to pay off this debt. The city has about $500,000 set aside to be used for the pool. They are hoping to get a grant, and then raise as much as possible by donations. If not a loan, we will be applied for to pay for this.

A swimming pool seldom makes money and does not always break even. It is only open about 10 weeks each summer. This year there were no applicants to even run the pool, so it could not have opened. Many years back a councilman suggested we look at repairing the pool. It was not even discussed. Other pools have been repaired, but it was not considered because it would cost $1.5 million to do it or more. What about some donated labor, etc.? Nope, not discussed.

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