Keota voters face pool vote Nov. 5

Voters in Keota have a heavy question to ponder as they go to the polls next week. Not only must they consider whom to elect for city and school board representatives, they must also vote to allow the City of Keota to bond for a new swimming pool.

Under the proposal, the city-owned pool located at Lagos Acres will be demolished and replaced with an updated version.

The current pool has been closed the past few seasons due to disrepair. Voters will be asked to allow the city to bond up to $1.18 million for a pool. Advocates of the pool are fundraising to lessen the amount of the bond, but the question remains how much will the group be able to raise for the project.

Here is the actual ballot language that will be seen by the voters for their consideration. “Shall the city of Keota, Iowa enter into a loan agreement and issue its general obligation capital loan notes in an amount not to exceed $1,180,000 for the purpose of demolishing its existing swimming pool, and the construction and equipping of a new swimming pool?”

Questions abound about the pool project, its costs and who may vote on the issue. The last one is simple. Only registered voters who reside in Keota may vote even though those outside the city may utilize the pool. Passage requires 60 percent of the votes cast. In other words, for every 100 voters 60 must say yes.

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