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Editorial: Sour school pool deal

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Schenectady High School’s swimming pool didn’t get a whole lot of use by city residents when there was no charge to swim there, which is one reason the school district discontinued public swimming hours there a year ago. So what makes officials from the school district and the YMCA think that charging residents a relative boatload of money to swim there will be any different? The plan to let YMCA members swim free, while nonmember ...

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MDogsMom
September 9, 2011
8:48 a.m.

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Good editorial. The "Y" should be paying a share of the cost of utilities and chemicals if they aren't paying rent. Not everyone can afford a "Y" membership, but, everyone pays school taxes no matter if they're a home owner or pay them through their rent.

kmvfree
September 9, 2011
3:34 p.m.

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"insult to city residents", seriously? I think not. I am a Y member and pay $56/month. If I deduct $20 for what gym memberships typically cost @ Gold's, Best Fitness, etc. that leaves $36 for pool access. So, city residents would actually pay less than I would pay to use the pool. Isn't the Y also a charitable organization? I wonder if the school gets credit for donating use of the facility.

dan
September 9, 2011
6:11 p.m.

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kmvfree... do you know how much city homeowners already pay for the pool? It averages over $400/month. The reason it's an insult is that we already paid to build the pool, we already pay to maintain the pool, and to ask for another $25/month to use it is flat out insulting. When you pay a Y membership, you're paying for the cost of building the facilities and it's upkeep. What if you already pay for the Y, but then get charged more if you want to use it? You wouldn't consider that insulting?

robbump
September 10, 2011
1:15 p.m.

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I thought the Y was paying for use of the pool. Now that I see it isn't, I have to agree with MDogsMom and Dan that it is unfair to city residents to (in reality) pay twice for the pool. The Y may be a non-profit organization, but only businesses get credits (write-offs and deductions) for donations, not public school districts.

Voters in the Schenectady school district should remember this giveaway/robbery when school elections come up. There should have been provisions in the agreement for an ACCEPTABLE fee (eg: $1 per day or whatever the summer pool fees are) for city residents to use the pool - most of them would agree with a sensible user fee. $25 a month is not sensible, nor is it an insult. It is a robbery.

kmvfree
September 12, 2011
10:26 a.m.

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Where does the $400/mth come from? Every home owner in Schenectady pays $4,800 a year just for the pool @ the high school? It doesn't make sense.

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