My public comment given during June 24 Council Meeting regarding the inclusion of funding for a $10 million dollar 50- meter pool complex with a parcel tax that would fund road, sidewalk, and bike path repairs.
Over the summer my family plans to spend a lot of time at the Manor Pool complex in East Davis. It’s a very nice facility that houses a diving pool, with both high and low diving boards, a lap pool, and a zero entry pool, in addition to a water slide and a splash pad area. The Arroyo complex in West Davis has two pools, and the city also maintains Civic Pool on B St. for organized aquatic activities.
UC Davis operates the “Rec” pool that is open to the public, Hickey Pool, which has seven 25-yard lanes, is heated, and is open year round to the public, plus the Schaal Aquatic Facility, which features an Olympic size 50 meter pool.
The past few summers my kids have participated in the Aquamonster Swim Team summer program, which offers team practices at Davis Swim and Fitness, the El Macero Country Club, Hickey Pool, and the Schaal Aquatic Facility.
The point I’m making is probably clear, we have a lot of options when it comes to pools in Davis.
Over the past 6 months between attending council meetings, helping with the Measure O Booth at the Farmer’s Market, and working on Robb Davis’ campaign for city council I’ve come to have a pretty good understanding of the dim fiscal situation the city is facing.
I’ve learned about the reductions the city has made in staffing and services over the past 5 years.
I’ve watched city employees come to public comment and talk about the financial hardships they were going to face resulting from the cuts that were made to their compensation packages.
I’ve seen the stress my friends who work for the city face wondering if they are going to loss their jobs.
In 2013 they city received a pavement management report that claimed that if the city did not immediately spend $150 million on road maintenance, they would soon be facing a $444 million deficit due to the exponential cost associated with delaying road repairs.
It is for this reason, that I would be willing to support and campaign for a parcel tax in the fall that addressed road, sidewalk, and bike path infrastructure repair and maintenance.
I will not be willing to support this tax if it includes money for a 10 million dollar, 50-meter pool complex, that would ultimately only serve the recreational needs of less then 5% of our population.
I realize that the groups who use our public pools for organized aquatic events feel that their needs are not being met by our current infrastructure. My guess is that there are many groups in this community who feel the same way. For that reason I would be willing to considering supporting a parks and recreation tax in the future that addresses a more comprehensive list of amenities, but in my opinion this needs to be done after and separately from a parcel tax that addresses the city’s truly essential infrastructure needs.