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Your Views: Can’t city, school district reach deal to save Janesville's lap swim?

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October 22, 2013

Janesville Councilman Matt Kealy wants to beautify the city and plant flowers on medians by cutting lap swim. He states: “While I value the importance of indoor swim, based on the 75 users per annual basis, that’s a $337 subsidy per swimmer.”

1) That $337 for 75 users equals $25,275.

This is the annual facilities usage fee that the school district charges the city for use of Marshall pool. Why is this fee unreasonably high? Are other Leisure Services’ programs subsidized?

2) The city owns the ice arena and exchanges facility usage hours with the school district. Why has this $25,275 not been offset with this exchange?

3) Seventy-five users is an estimate. Leisure Services tracks “total participants” or each time someone attends. This averages around 3,750 participants annually.

4) Swimmers pay $3 per swim or $65 for 25 swims. This covers lifeguard expenses with some excess revenue. Milton’s program fee is $60 for four months or $3 per swim.

5) Marshall pool has six lanes. Hours are 6 to 7 a.m. Monday-Friday and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. It was only available three mornings per week this summer. Milton’s program is available 5:30 to 7 a.m. weekdays year-round.

If the Lap Swim Program is eliminated, Janesville residents would have to commute to surrounding communities. This wonderful pool will have no public usage. Why is a city of 60,000 unable to support such a program?

Keep us healthy. Renegotiate the usage fee. Find a compromise.

JAN COMPTON

Janesville



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