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Parks Tax to Extend Grand Rapids City Pool Season Three Weeks

It will cost an extra $143,483 to extend the city swimming pool season by three weeks. But taxpayers have it covered with a new parks millage set to take effect next summer.

Because voters in November approved a 7-year, 0.98-mill property tax, Grand Rapids plans to open three city pools three weeks earlier in 2014. Opening day is scheduled Monday, June 9.

City Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 28, will be asked to authorize a budget amendment to cover the additional costs:

  • $107,651 in staffing
  • $26,229 in water
  • $5,000 in chemicals and supplies
  • $3,000 in electricity
  • $1,603 in gas

The commission Tuesday also will consider making changes to the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board that “will better support collaboration among various community interests on parks and recreation” and “ensure transparency of millage expenditures as promised to our citizens,” said Connie Bohatch, the city’s director of community services.

The changes would expand the 7-member board to nine people and designate one member each from Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. The changes also would add “monitor and report annually on millage expenditures, capital investments and pool operations” to the board’s official duties and responsibilities.

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