Prescott levy seeks annual pool funding

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Summer’s still far away, but Prescott residents are being asked to consider pool funding on the November ballot.

The Prescott Parks and Recreation district is asking voters to approve its annual levy to fund maintenance and operation of the city’s pool.

This year’s levy would cost about 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, raising a total of $110,000 for the pool. Last year’s levy was assessed at 45 cents per $1,000, but the levy rate has gone down because assessed property values in the area have risen slightly.

A supermajority of 60 percent of voters will be required to pass the measure. Patsy Adams, one of the commissioners for the district, said this is the largest concern.

“When you only have a few hundred people, trying to get 60 percent means you need everybody to get out there and fill out their ballots,” she said.

In 2012, voters approved the levy with a 64 percent supermajority. Attendance at the pool during the 2013 season was high, with an average of 75 visitors per day.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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