Funds to re­open pools in Troy are long overdue

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - PERSPECTIVE -

Two sum­mers with­out pub­lic pools for city of Troy res­i­dents are enough, and the City Coun­cil fi­nally has a long overdue so­lu­tion.

The just-passed 2019 bud­get in­cludes the es­ti­mated $6.3 mil­lion needed to re­pair or re­place the closed South Troy Pool and the Knicker­backer Park Pool as well as cover re­pairs for the Knicker­backer Park Ice Arena.

Faced with a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar bud­get gap and a dou­ble-digit tax hike in 2017, city of­fi­cials closed the pools, which badly needed re­pairs. The rink closed this year af­ter the re­frig­er­a­tion unit failed.

Such rec fa­cil­i­ties are not mi­nor niceties; they’re im­por­tant to thou­sands of Trojans. Hope­fully city of­fi­cials now rec­og­nize this obli­ga­tion and lock in fund­ing for fu­ture up­keep, so swim­less sum­mers never hap­pen again in Troy.

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