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South Whidbey Park District votes to put pool on ballot

The South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District voted 4 to 1 on Monday to ask voters in November to approve a $15.2 million bond to pay for the construction of an aquatics and recreation center.

Park Commissioner Allison Tapert was the lone dissenter, citing her concerns over design issues and revenue figures.

The tax levy impact will add 17.3 cents per $1,000 of assessed property tax value to the bills of property owners over the next 20 years.

A home worth $300,000 will see an added monthly cost of $4.32, or $51.90 per year.

"Based on all our previous surveys, there is strong public sentiment for a facility like this," said Park Commissioner Matt Simms.

"We will serve seniors, kids, families, swimmers and a wide cross section of the community. A vote is concrete," he said.

If the measure passes on Nov. 4, the recreation and aquatic center will be built next to the Community Park's entrance on Maxwelton Road.

The draft plan from ORB Architects includes an outdoor, heated six-lane lap pool, indoor leisure pool with water slide, changing rooms, hot tub, two multi-purpose rooms for parties, offices, a small kitchen, climbing wall, outdoor basketball court and fitness center.

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