Pool bond fails, Cansler re-elected

Despite cautious optimism going into Election Day, supporters of building a new pool in Keota were dealt a major blow on Nov. 5, as Keota voters resoundingly rejected a $1.18 million pool bond issue. According to now-official results, 116 residents voted in favor of the bond, while 176 opposed. With 60 percent voter approval needed, the bond garnered only 40 percent approval at the polls. Despite the defeat, supporters of the pool project promised it would not be stopping.

“The community of Keota, former and current residents, businesses and many others heard our call and came together to help. Starting August (sic) 26, 2019, the fundraising began. We reached our goal of $200,000 in pledges of money, materials and needed services to help make a new swimming pool a reality. This is only the beginning,” states a post on the Keota Pool 2020 social media page.

Keota Pool Advocates, who spearheaded the campaign in favor of the pool bond, have scheduled a meeting for Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Lagos Acres Golf and Country Club to discuss the next steps for the proposed pool.

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