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Published July 09, 2012, 06:26 PM

EGF Pool Repair to Cost Almost $300K More Than Expected

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Homeowners might have to cough up some extra money for needed repairs at the East Grand Forks swimming pool. The total bill could cost nearly $2 million.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Homeowners might have to cough up some extra money for needed repairs at the East Grand Forks swimming pool.

The total bill could cost nearly $2 million.

Some homeowners said they wouldn't mind a slight increase in taxes to help pay for a pool that they use and one that has been a big part of their childhoods.

Brian Bakke has made trips to the East Grand Forks pool since he was in high school. Now, with kids of his own, he is happy the pool is still available.

"He's seven right now and he's going to be coming here for years to come," Bakke said.

Bakke and his friends meet up at the pool and playground each week to cool off and have fun with family.

The families would like to see the pool stay open and kept up.

"When it's been hot like it has recently, we take advantage of it as much as possible," Bakke said.

"It's a great place to bring the little ones and get together with family and friends and it kind of goes hand in hand with the castle park we're at right now," parent Chris Carlson said.

The pool is nearly 49 years old and in need of renovations including new concrete, drainage and a renovated bath house. The East Grand Forks City Council decided to send the matter back to committee for discussion, in part, because of an estimated $300,000 increase in cost.

"Pools here or anywhere almost never pay for themselves. We kind of take that as a given. So what the council is grappling with is what is the cost benefit to maintaining that community spirit in light of the fact that obviously it will cost some money," EGF City Administrator Scott Huizenga said.

The city is looking at a possible seven percent levy increase which would cost the average homeowner $50 to $60 more in taxes each year to help pay for the project.

Taxpayers like Bakke say the increase is worth it to keep the pool in the community.

"To keep it clean and the upkeep. It's a very small price to pay for kids to come and hang out," Bakke said.

"It's all about the kids, so I wouldn't mind it at all," Carlson said.

The city is looking at different options and possible ways to cut some of the costs. They meet this week to discuss the matter.

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