Funds to reopen pools in Troy are long overdue
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.