Keota residents will vote on new pool

It’s official: Keota residents will vote on a $1.18 million bond issue in November, to construct a new swimming pool in the community. At the August 19 Keota City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to place the bond issue on the November city election ballot. The vote came after a previous recommendation from the Keota Pool committee to do so.

Work for a new pool has been going on for some time now, after the current pool closed due to serious safety concerns, including broken concrete in the pool itself, and other ADA concerns. A pool committee, composed of City Council members Rod Kill and Mike Bender, as well as Kathy Davis, Linda Werger, Robyn Morgan, Tom Hahn, and Andi Klein, worked together to discuss options for a pool for Keota, before eventually settling on putting the issue to a vote of the people.

On the November ballot, residents will see a ballot question asking whether or not to issue bonds for the purpose of constructing the pool. Those bonds would be paid for through a slight increase in property taxes. However, a simple majority will not get the job done. Rather, a supermajority of 60% of voters must vote ‘yes’ on the ballot question in order for it to be approved. City Clerk Tomisha Hammes said that the pool committee expects to hold a forum before the November vote to answer questions of residents.

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