Raise Jefferson College Pool Fees

28 Apr

There has been a lot of consternation in the past month over the proposal by Jefferson College to close the swimming pool at its Hillsboro campus as part of a package of budget cuts in the face of reduced state funding. The opposition has been led by seniors that frequent the pool for exercise. According to the Leader, the pool costs $85,000 per year to operate.

The only choices I have seen bandied about in the numerous articles and letters in the Leader are to close the pool or keep it open just as it is now. But nobody seems to mention an obvious possibility: raise admission prices. The pool currently charges $2 for a one-day pass for members of the community, and only $1 per day for seniors. Meanwhile, it costs $6 to access the indoor pool in Arnold ($5 for seniors), and $5 in Crystal City (adult swim time is $3 for seniors).

The College pool also offers kids swimming lessons for $105/10 sessions and adult water exercise courses (popular with the seniors) at $99/30 sessions. The latter comes out to $3.30 per session, compared to $4.17 per session for adult classes in Arnold.

I don’t know how much money the pool currently brings in from user fees, or how much additional income prices hikes could generate, but it seems like there is some room for fee increases. This would close some of that $85,000 gap, which in government terms isn’t a lot of money. If people are serious about saving the Jefferson College pool, price hikes should definitely be on the table.


2 Responses to “Raise Jefferson College Pool Fees”

  1. Rick Hess April 29, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    A pool is a hole in the ground in which you continue to throw money.


  2. George Thompson May 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    I don’t care if they charge a million dollars a day or nothing at all, I don’t use these pools now and likely never will. Just don’t raise my taxes to fund something that is of no benefit to me.


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