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September 14, 2011 Poll Results

Should the Schenectady school district charge district residents to swim in the school pool?

Yes 42% 144 votes
No 57% 193 votes
Total: 337 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


September 14, 2011
12:14 p.m.

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schenectady needs better community benefits given the higher taxes we pay compared to saratoga county. Free swim will also encourage a healthier population and perhaps help bring down the overall health costs related to obesity. The district can easily establish designated swim times for residents vs students. Union College offers free use of their pools to Alumni and their families- FYI.

September 14, 2011
3:16 p.m.

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A user fee is an appropriate and responsible mechanism to defray maintenance costs. Union alumni have to pay $250 a year to use gym and pool facilities.

September 15, 2011
4:09 a.m.

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Do the teachers and administration pay to use the pool?
And if not why?

September 15, 2011
9:16 a.m.

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Schenectady residents should not have to pay, especially with the limited hours the pool is open. The "Y" however, should be paying more!

As for Union College alumni - why shouldn't they pay to use the college facilities? They're no longer paying tuition. Schenectady residents ARE paying taxes, be they homeowners or renters who pay the tax as part of their rent, so they should get use of the pool, free, especially with the limited hours it's open to the public!

September 15, 2011
10:51 a.m.

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Schenectady residents should have to pay a REASONABLE user fee, PER USE. None of this monthly fee nonsense. The fee should be no more than what summer pool user fees are, if that.

The YMCA should ABSOLUTELY be paying a fee.

September 15, 2011
6:39 p.m.

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Does anyone realize that to adapt to a larger number of users and operating hours, costs will increase as well?
Lifeguards will need to be paid to accommodate extra open swim hours, additional use will mean an increase in Janitorial expense, increasing number of bodies in the water will necessitate addition purification and chemical costs, increased power consumption...even the possibility of increased insurance costs!
Somebody is going to have to for all this. Can you say taxpayer?

September 18, 2011
6:01 p.m.

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Schenectady *has* several public pools. If someone wants to swim in the school pool, they should pay for it, regardless of whether they live in the district or not. Most schools don't even allow people to swim in the school pool (other than students). Schenectady taxpayers gripe that they don't want to pay higher school taxes - I don't blame them. But then you can't complain about an alternate revenue system. Like airedale said, if they don't charge for use of the pool, all those extra expenses are going to go to the taxpayer - so one way or another, you're paying to use the pool. Apparently, though, the complainers just want EVERYONE to pay for it, even those who don't use the pool.

It would be different if there were no other pools in the city of Schenectady - but there are (three that I can think of off the top of my head, possibly more). Want to swim free? Go to one of those. Or get your own pool.

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