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Yankton faces pressure over $14M aquatic center project

September 30, 2018

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Yankton officials face pressure to take on a more than $14 million aquatic center project to replace the city’s 71-year-old pool.

The group pushing for the aquatic facility, Dive In Yankton, called on the Yankton City Commission at a recent meeting to move the project forward. The group has fundraised nearly $870,000 for the aquatic center so far, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported .

Mayor Nathan Johnson praised the group’s determination to replace the Fantle Memorial Park pool.

“After discussing a new aquatic center on and off for the last 15 years, at least, you have taken this issue to a level of awareness and urgency that we have not seen in previous efforts,” he told the group.

The city has already committed $2 million toward the project. A $12 million, 20-year property bond has been proposed to fund the rest of the new facility’s costs.

Former City Commissioner Pauline Akland, who was on the board when some of the aquatic center proposals were considered, urged commissioners to take on the project. She suggested that the city add to its $2 million commitment with a yearly contribution from Second Penny sales taxes.

City Manager Amy Leon recommended that the City Commission wait until the Oct. 8 meeting to consider whether to hold a special election for a public vote on the bond issue.

“If the commission believes at that point that you have enough information and you have enough knowledge of what the community is looking for and there is enough public support associated with the project, you could approve that resolution at that time,” she said.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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