Canton To Vote On New Aquatic Center
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
June 09, 2013 9:45 PM
On Tuesday, there's a lot of money at stake for Canton residents. That's when they'll vote on a $1.5 million dollar bond to help pay for a new Aquatic Center, replacing the one they already have.
"It's in pretty sorry shape right now. It's getting very expensive to maintain and it will come to a point where we won't be able to maintain it anymore," said Canton Mayor, Chuck Smith.
The pool has some age.
"The pool was built in 1957 and it had a surface life of 30 years. That was 1987 and now we're in 2013," said Jonathon Toso, City Commissioner.
With an estimated cost of $3 million dollars, the City has reserve funds set aside for the new pool and has already received up to 350 thousand dollars in donations. The rest will come down to a vote.
"The big thing is that we want a big turn-out in this election. We want to make sure this is what the City of Canton wants to spend their money on," said Smith.
If passed, the 20 year bond will be paid for through property taxes. If you have a home worth $100,000, you would have to pay 100 dollars more per year for the next 20 years. If you have a home worth $250,000, you would have to pay 250 dollars more per year to help fund the pool.
"It means we can pull together and have success. It means that we want to invest in our town and we care about our children," said Toso.
Regardless of the outcome, the new pool's dimensions are already spray painted in the grass.
"If we get all of the pieces we like, we would have a fume slide, aqua climb, spray tunnels and a lily pad walk," said Toso.
Giving the impression, that some are already on board with the 8 thousand square feet.
In order to pass, the bond has to receive 60 percent of the vote. The city would break ground in the fall and is expected to open next June.
Voting starts Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canton Methodist Church. You can also vote at City Hall Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.