Scotia Pool funding clears hurdle

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - The Municipality of Colchester expects to open its purse a little wider in an attempt to relieve some of Scotia Pool's financial burdens.
Council committee voted in principle Thursday night to fund 50 per cent of operating deficits to the Bible Hill facility to a maximum of $25,000 for fiscal years 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. This is in addition to an annual commitment of $100,000.
"A lot of people would kill to have a facility like that," said Mayor Bob Taylor,
urging council to support the request for extra funding.
"They have done a number of measures (to help) like requesting grants, raising (some) prices and fundraising. It wasn't that they didn't try anything," said Taylor.
Not all councillors were satisfied with the measures Scotia Pool board members took to reduce the deficit.
"What disappoints me is that we ... offered to help and it seems they are not prepared to make difficult choices," such as closing for a few months to cut costs, said Coun. Tom Taggart.
"I don't mind supporting recreation, but my question is, 'how much do you support?'" added Coun. Bill Masters.
Coun. Mike Cooper suggested the facility was "too cheap to use" as prices were increased for some users, but not others.
"If we give extra money we are giving them extra reason not to fundraise," added Coun. Glen Edwards.
It's anticipated the pool would close when a civic centre comes to the area.
The vote ultimately was 9 to 3 in favour of suggesting to council at the end of the month that additional funding be offered. Coun. Jimmie LeFresne, Cooper and Edwards voted against the motion.

Organizations: Scotia Pool board

Geographic location: Colchester, Bible Hill

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