Editorial: Levy is a valuable investment in pool district

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor was closed after a replacement levy failed last year.

North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District is asking for a reasonable tax increase this election to keep a valuable community facility open.

North Whidbey voters should say “yes” to the property-tax levy, but we advise post-election vigilance in ensuring the proceeds are used as taxpayers intend. Attend the park board’s public meetings, and speak out when you want a say in how the public’s money is being spent.

Government functions better with public involvement.

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor was closed days after a replacement levy failed to reach a supermajority in last year’s general election.

The levy funds a large portion of the district’s expenses, which are minimal.

If this latest levy is passed, it would impose a property tax of 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s $60 a year for the owner of a $300,000 home located within the pool district.

Thanks to the efforts of Juli Brooks Leete, head of the North Whidbey Community Pool and Recreation Foundation, as well as the school district, several businesses and nonprofit groups, enough money was raised to open the pool on a limited schedule earlier this month.

Hopefully, this isn’t a temporary situation. The park district only has enough money to keep it open for a short time without money from a levy.

While being a commissioner for the recreation district can often be a thankless task, the current board members are acting as good stewards and, so far, have avoided the seemingly non-stop controversies plaguing their predecessors.

The pool is a valuable community asset, too valuable to be shuttered and unused. Thousands of children learned to swim there, an important skill for those living on an island. It’s been a valuable resource for people of all ages to get exercise, particularly those who need low-impact activity.

And swimming and splashing in the water is just plain fun.

This editorial originally appeared in the Whidbey News-Times, a sibling paper of The Daily Herald.

Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 23

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Editorial: Franz’s efforts will assure healthier forestlands

Hiliary Franz, as public lands chief, has led notable gains in forest health and fire prevention.

Saunders: Trump’s indoor rally was bad idea; he had no choice

Trump sought outdoor rallies in Vegas, but Nevada’s governor blocked the safer alternative.

Comment: Trump has reversed gains seen after passage of ACA

For three years in a row, the number of uninsured has grown, reversing the initial success of Obamacare.

Comment: Why the covid-19 death toll of 200,000 may be low

A excess of nearly 250,000 deaths have been reported this year over last; what does that say for covid’s risks?

Recall of sheriff isn’t about defunding police

Regarding Sheriff Adam Fortney’s claim regarding a recall effort (“Fortney: Group pushing… Continue reading

10th LD, House, Pos. 2: Dave Paul has common sense we need

Bill Bruch, candidate for State House for the 10th Legislative District, Position… Continue reading

Election 2020: Time for a change in White House

Use your vote to send a candidate this presidential election year that… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Sept. 22

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Most Read