Link: Pooling funds [Daily News]
This went from academic question to spirited debate when Mayor Nutter announced the closing of libraries and pools to fix a big budget problem. The libraries are still open, but the pools will only stay open if people donate to a newly created fund to keep this resource from perishing.
So far, the money collected is still on the shallow end: $245,000 has been pledged. The city needs to collect $600,000 by March 6 to keep 30 pools open three days a week; it will take twice that to keep them open six days a week.
Whether or not you agree that these services are essential and the fundamental job of government, or can be more creatively funded, the pool fund has an urgency for many kids in the city who have few options.
It's a worthwhile investment; check out www.phila.gov to help. *