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NORMAL — The days of buying a family swimming pool pass could be ending in Normal.

The proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget suggests eliminating the family pass and lowering the cost of an individual pass. 

"It's rare for aquatics facilities to have family passes," said Deputy City Manager Pamela Reece.

The $150 family pass allowed two adults and four of their children to go to either Fairview Family Aquatic Center or Anderson Aquatic Center as many times as they wanted. (The pass was $140 is purchased before April 1).

But, Reece said, many families wanted to use one of the passes for a babysitter, which was not allowed.

Switching to individual passes will allow families to buy as many passes as they need and for the people who need them.

Individual passes will be $40, compared to the previous $85, under the proposed budget that the City Council will discuss on Thursday. Those who purchase the passes before April 1 will get a $5 discount. 

Daily pool admission rates will remain unchanged at $6 for adults and $5 for children.

Bloomington eliminated its $90 family pass last swimming season and cut its individual pass fee in half to $25 ($20 if purchased early). 

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