Levy failure to shutter Prescott pool

The landslide defeat comes after a narrower defeat in November.

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PRESCOTT -- It will be a long hot summer for youth in Prescott, with the failure of a second attempt to fund the swimming pool and park activities.

A request for $220,000 maintenance and operation levy was soundly defeated, with only 41 percent yes votes. A 60 percent supermajority is required to pass the levy.

Total number of voters was 221, and the vote count was 130-91 in opposition.

Prescott Joint Parks and Recreation District board decided to seek the larger levy amount after a request for $160,000 was narrowly defeated in November.

Because of the tax cycle, the second levy would not have been collected until 2011, so the board planned to obtain a tax anticipation note to operate the pool.

A group in the community actively opposed the levy, which made very hard to reach the 60 percent supermajority, board member Patsy Adams said this morning.

Board chairman Joan Tatum said in a prepared statement that the pool and park complex "represent a costly ongoing repair problem."

"I can say on behalf of all the commissioners that we have been very good stewards of the heritage, legacy and tax money entrusted to us and if the levy opponents had been on the board, they would have done exactly the same as we did given the circumstances," Tatum said.

With reserve funds and volunteers, the board plans to maintain the park and pool at a minimum level, Adams said.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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