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ROANOKE - The park district will ask residents for the right to levy a tax of .12 percent in the March 20 election for the purpose of paying for water for the swimming pool.

If approved, the district could start collecting tax money in 2019 to offset the increase in its water bill since the village board raised water rates to pay for a new water plant. The increased expense of water costs the park district about $10,000 more per year.

According to park board member Dennis Zimmerman, the large increase in their water bill has disrupted a long-term plan the board has to save enough money for costly maintenance projects on the pool.

“It takes a $10,000 bite out of our budget every year,” Zimmerman said. “That’s $50,000 over five years. We need those funds to maintain the pool.”

One of the major expenditures to maintain the pool is refinishing the bottom, a project the park board expects will need to be done in the next three to five years. 

See article on Feb. 1 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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