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January 14, 2014

Webb City voters to ballot on bond issue for pool

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The fate of a proposed $2.5 million bond issue to pay for the construction of a city swimming pool will be determined in April by Webb City voters.

The City Council approved the measure by a 6-0 vote Monday night, putting the proposal on the April 8 election ballot.

Interim City Administrator Carl Francis said that in the meantime, the city staff will continue working with the Park Board to plan the design. In a couple of weeks, he said, the city will begin conducting meetings to gather public opinion.

“We have several different photographs of other existing swimming pools and are looking at those, but there’s been no real decisions on design,” Francis said. “More than likely, we will go with a design-build type process where we will design it as we go along.”

The bond issue, if approved, would raise residents’ property taxes.

Tracy Craig, Webb City finance director, said that if voters approve a $2.5 million bond issue to build a pool, the property tax for residents would rise from 71.8 cents to 91.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. That would equate to an increase of about $37 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

If voters authorize a bond issue, Francis said, work could start in the fall, and the pool could be ready to open in the summer of 2015.

Francis said a pool has been one of the most frequent requests he hears from residents.

“There seems to be a lot of support for an aquatic facility,” he said.

Posed location

A PROPOSED POOL LOCATION is in King Jack Park, near land that is being reclaimed as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup of mining waste in the area. An estimated 23 acres of park land will be reclaimed by that project.

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