“We’ve had 1.3 million dollars less in revenue sharing compared to four or five years ago and so we’ve had to make a lot of changes.. The major change this year is that we are going to be shutting down the indoor pool,” Said Presque Isle City Manager Jim Bennett.
This announcement was made at Monday nights 2014 budget meeting. The news of the pool being shut down did not sit well with everyone, including Presque Isle resident Jeannie Gilson.
“It means that both of my children who have worked there for several years, one will probably be losing her job and the other one may transition over to Gentile but he will be with limited hours,” said Gilson.
Gilson told us that it is a huge loss to the community. Bennett and the council though, have been talking and negotiating with UMPI over the last six months to use their facilities. He told us that the vast majority of the programming will be run the same way, but the location will be the only major change.
“That will save us about 100 thousand dollars a year on an average year. So swim lessons will continue a lot of the programs are associated with that. What we will not be able to offer is the early morning swim for people that get there at 6 oclock. They’ll have to join UMPI and do that at UMPI and pay UMPI’s fee and maybe some of the other general swims we wont be able to offer as many as we use to.”
Bennett said that other than that, and going to a different facility, they will be able to run pretty much the same programming and have no cut backs on the property tax impact. A 2014 budget was passed and it will not increase taxes on the city side.