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Bond referendum for Keota pool less than a month away

Photo courtesy of City of Keota website

The City of Keota will attempt to pass a $1.18 million bond in November in order to install a new pool. The current pool has not been opened for two years due to unsafe conditions.
Photo courtesy of City of Keota website The City of Keota will attempt to pass a $1.18 million bond in November in order to install a new pool. The current pool has not been opened for two years due to unsafe conditions.

KEOTA — In less than one month, citizens of Keota will have the opportunity to vote on whether to pass a bond for a new pool, not to exceed $1.18 million.

Sheila Horras, a member of the Keota Pool Advocates Group, said although the bond is for $1.18 million, this will not be the total cost to the tax payers. She said total cost of the pool could be as high as $1.18 million, but when grants, donations and other fundraising is factored in, the cost to taxpayers will be significantly less.

She said the bond issue is scheduled for Nov. 5 ballot, and a majority vote of 60 percent approval is needed for it to pass. Should it pass, construction is expected to begin in Spring 2020.

The current pool has been closed for two years and has been determined to be beyond repair. The new pool will have zero entry and be more accessible for those with mobility challenges, unlike the old pool where guests had to climb in by a ladder. The new pool also will be slightly larger and be more small kid friendly with the addition of a splash pad and slide.

The pool advocates, Horras said, are currently taking pledges in anticipation of the bond passing. She said the group cannot collect until the bond passes. If it does, they have $43,000 already raised in pledges.

The pool advocates are also looking at grants, she said. Many of the grants cannot be applied for until next spring or until the bond passes. These grants will help lower the cost to tax payers, she said.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to attend a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, sponsored by the Keota Pool Advocates. The meeting will be held at Lagos Acres Country Club at 6:30 p.m.