Pool fees going up in Vandalia

Pool fees going up in Vandalia
By: 
Elizabeth O'Farrell
Correspondent

Vandalia’s city budget for fiscal year 2021-2020 appears sound, by any measure.

“We came out in the black this year,” City Administrator Darren Berry reported to the Board of Aldermen. “Fund balances are strong.”

Nonetheless, the city finds that it must bump up fees at the swimming pool when it opens later this year.

Season passes for individuals will increase by $5 to $50. Family season passes for a maximum of three people will go up from $135 to $150, with each additional family member adding $75 to the bill.

That’s an increase of $5. Swimming lessons, private pool parties and events will also go up.

Berry said the fees are in line with other municipal pools in the area. He attributed the need to raise amounts due to increases in minimum wages over the past several years.

The city has cut two pool attendant positions for the coming year.

Vandalia’s Aquatic Center in Tri-County Park opened in June 2007. It was built with funds from a sales tax approved by voters to raise the $1.5 million needed for construction. It includes a zero depth entry, drop slide and other features.

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