Thursday, March 18, 2004

Pool hours, parks funds cut by Mount Healthy



By Liz Oakes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MOUNT HEALTHY - The city pool will stay open this summer - but the season likely will be shorter, and daily hours reduced - after City Council approved a budget Tuesday.

The 7-0 vote ended months of wrangling that had resulted in layoffs and the resignation of several officials.

Council approved a $3.4 million budget, about $400,000 less than last year.

After final discussions, the Parks Department saw its $146,000 budget of last year slashed 37 percent for 2004.

Parks Director John Peters said he hopes to open the pool June 5, but only 64 days' worth of money has been allotted.

Rainy days that shut the pool may extend the season, Peters said.

Swimmers also could wait an hour or two later to get in on Sundays, Peters said.

In addition, season passes will cost about $5 more this year.

In the last two months, Mount Healthy has also cut two Public Works positions, eliminated this year's July Fourth fireworks and dropped a day camp that lost $6,000 last summer.

E-mail loakes@enquirer.com




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