The most important thing we can do in the next month is to talk to neighbors, friends, and family: Inform them and encourage them to VOTE. On the ballot in November are not only national elections, but a lot of issues that matter close to home. I am attaching the information about what bonds are up for a vote, and how they break down. Pools are up for $40 million, as part of the Parks & Recreation bond.
The budget covers regular annual maintenance, and Council voted to up that amount to $9.8 million, last I heard. Austin’s new City Manager Cronk suggested increases to the fees at municipal pools–those already charging–to help pay for the budget increase. Already you may have noticed Barton Springs and Deep Eddy are charging $5 instead of $3 for residents. The City does not plan to charge at neighborhoods pools.
The bond money goes for long-term projects, however. On the bond-money wish list for Aquatics are upgrades for existing pools, as well as a new Colony Park Pool, and a complete renovation for Givens, both located in historically underserved neighborhoods distant from other existing pools.
Thanks to everyone for all your help. Let’s get out the VOTE now!