The Maxwell Town Pool will open Monday for a limited number of days over the course of the summer.
The Maxwell Park and Recreation District Board of Directors at its June 3 regular meeting considered a number of proposals to help them cover costs this year, especially now that it is seems unlikely a Proposition 218 process could be completed by the Aug. 8 deadline to get a parcel fee increase on this year’s tax rolls.
The pool will be open Monday through Thursday from 1-6 PM until Aug. 8, with the board relying heavily on pool sponsors to help cover operational costs.
“Last year, we were open on Friday and Saturday and we realized they were really slow days,” said MPR Secretary Kyle Miller. “We are changing it this year and opening on Mondays.”
Last week’s meeting was well attended by members of the community, who urged the board to keep the pool open despite the district running out of cash.
The district had considered closing the pool this summer because fundraising has been overall unsuccessful, and the parcel tax of $15 per household no longer keeps up with the district’s operating expenses.
“With fundraising in a small town of ours, it’s hard without overlapping into someone else’s,” said Director Dale Johnson, who noted proceeds from the last several fundraisers (dinner, dance, pancake breakfast) failed to cover the cost of the events.
Since payment of pool admission also fails to cover actual pool expenses, which include costly chemicals, the district’s best response to their pleas for help has been from Colusa County businesses willing to sponsor the days the pool is open, officials said.
“They are a big help,” Johnson said.
Maxwell resident Kelly Haywood said the pool should be the district’s primary function during the summer months.
“I think it is important for the pool to open,” she said. “I think a letter to businesses is great, and if you need someone to help take them around, I can do that.”
The Maxwell Park and Recreation Board does intends to move forward with a Proposition 218 process, but that, too, will take a significant amount of money, they said.
President Randy Wilkins said the district completed the Capital Improvement Plan and the engineer’s report, at a cost of about $13,000, but that the district must also pay for the
election process, which will cost another $9,000.
Maxwell Park and Recreation collects approximately $13,000 annually from the parcel tax, which was established in 1986.
The board intends to ask property owners to raise that fee to $64 a year, which could go into effect in 2021, if approved.
Meanwhile, the board acquiesced to the community last week to keep the pool open one more summer for a total of 30 days.
The pool will also be available to rent on Friday and Saturdays.
The baby pool will not be open, as it is in need of repair and would require the district to hire a third lifeguard, officials said. Children will be allowed at the pool without a parent or guardian, providing they are age 8 or older and have the ability to swim.
The pool also has a variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase. ■