Council considering major funding for pool

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Colchester County council is considering giving $100,000 in funding to Scotia Pool in Bible Hill.
Representatives of the pool were hoping for $190,000 for the 2009/2010 budget in addition to $90,000 to cover last year's deficit.
Councillors voted 8-4 Thursday night in support of a motion to ask council, at the end of the month, to approve $100,000 for the pool. Without other sources of funding, it's likely the pool would close for up to half a year.
"What are they doing for fundraising?" asked Coun. Bob White.
"Show us an effort you want this to work. Show more of an effort than asking us for money."
Coun. Christine Blair said while she is in support of the pool, the county and its taxpayers should not ultimately be responsible for all of, or the majority of, its funding.
"The pool keeps coming back for deficit funding ... it's not even owned by the county. It's a provincial building and there should be provincial funding."
Mayor Bob Taylor said there was a one-time grant of $114,000 from the province last year and he believes council should provide funding.
"Don't starve them out ... I'd like us to be a little more generous. We don't mind putting money into arenas and trails so we shouldn't mind putting into this" partially because it promotes healthy lifestyles, he said.
There are an estimated 2,600 visits a month to the pool. Councillors want staff to continue communication with the pool's representatives before it makes a firm decision on the $100,000 figure and any possible deficit coverage from last year.

Organizations: Colchester County council

Geographic location: Bible Hill

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