I noticed that I typed K-8 in response to Jonna's statements. I erred, and meant to type K-6. My sister, who is 26, ate hot lunch at school every day during elementary school (except those days of Cowboy Stew and Goulash - picky eater
), so I know that the program has been around for a lot of years. I do realize that it has only been around in the Junior High for a few years.
I am one who has participated in general and finance meetings in looking into the feasibility of a new pool. As has been stated ad nauseum, the bulk of Miles Citians want an indoor pool. I get very frustrated with those that are the most vocal in this regard because they are not dealing with the numbers. Our current pool budget for the Oasis is a tiny fraction of what the O&M would be for an indoor pool. It is not a matter of going to the City Council and saying we will build the pool, you fund the O&M. Where exactly are the funds going to come from to fund this difference?
"But Forsyth, Colstrip, Baker, etc., etc., have pools" is the war cry. I say look and understand their tax bases. As Brian Reed likes to say, it is comparing apples to tanker trucks of McDonalds orange-flavored drink. The bottom line is that it would come down to property owners to fund the difference through property taxes. The uproar regarding the increase of our water assessments to fund a northside water line improvement project and the replacement of the Carbon Hill water tank is deafening. Those are necessities. A pool is a luxury. I can't imagine what the uproar would be from the tax payers in funding a luxury, one that will never be paid for. The O&M is year-in and year-out until the end of time, or the closing of the pool. Quite a commitment.
If you feel so strongly as to the need for an indoor pool facility, form a group and conduct a feasibility study instead of sitting around and complaining about what everyone else is failing to do to get it done. There is NO simple answer until our tax base has changed significantly or a major source of funding is unearthed. Miles City is not living in the dark ages simply because we cannot fund a pool complex. It is simply strapped for cash, and any statement otherwise is nothing short of gossip, innuendo or plain untruth.