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Budget-cutting vote will result in early pool closure

GRANDVIEW - August is traditionally the hottest month of the year but Grandview residents won't find any relief at the city pool after Aug. 7.

The Grandview City Council last night voted 6-1 to close the pool early this season, making Aug. 7 the last day residents will be able to enjoy it until next year.

The early closure trims approximately $9,000 from this year's budget. Council is trying to find $91,000 in cuts to the general fund in 2008 to balance this year's budget but will still be about $15,000 out of line at the end due to council's refusal to eliminate graffiti abatement. Council has decided to eat that cost.

Council had asked Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter to present the costs of keeping the pool open until Aug. 16. Carpenter reported to the council at last night's meeting that if things went smoothly, with no major problems, it would cost an additional $3,950 for the extra week. The pool would take in an additional $750 to $1,000 in revenues during that time.

"I'm a big proponent in keeping the pool open but it comes back to what the voters want," Grandview Councilwoman Diana Jennings said.

Adding that she hated doing it, Jennings thought council should follow staff recommendations and close the pool early.

Councilman Mike Bren, who was the lone holdout in the final vote, said the levy that voters shot down in May wouldn't have generated one dollar for the city this year. Bren said the amount to keep it open for the additional time wasn't that much in the grand scheme of things and made a motion to keep the pool open.

Councilwoman Jan McDonald agreed with Jennings, noting it was time to stop putting band-aids on their problems.

"The voters will start to think we do have the money," she said.

Approximately 10 families purchased season passes for this summer and those families will be given a pro-rated refund.

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