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Councilman Wonders if City Should Close All Pools

From Chris Brennan, who's still at the City Council budget briefing: Councilman Frank DiCicco just asked the administration to consider closing all city pools in favor of saving some library services. The city plans to close 68 of the 81 pools and 11 of the 54 libraries to close a $1 billion budget gap over the next five years. DiCicco noted that closing the remaining 13 pools will save $2.9 million in fiscal year 2010. Most of those pools are open just six weeks in the summer. The city is saving $8 million on library closings. "If we gotta bite the bullet...," DiCicco said. Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller objected: "But those are the six weeks of the year that children are out of school.

Councilman Wonders if City Should Close All Pools

From Chris Brennan, who's still at the City Council budget briefing:

Councilman Frank DiCicco just asked the administration to consider closing all city pools in favor of saving some library services.

The city plans to close 68 of the 81 pools and 11 of the 54 libraries to close a $1 billion budget gap over the next five years. DiCicco noted that closing the remaining 13 pools will save $2.9 million in fiscal year 2010. Most of those pools are open just six weeks in the summer.

The city is saving $8 million on library closings. "If we gotta bite the bullet...," DiCicco said.

Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller objected: "But those are the six weeks of the year that children are out of school.

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