Pooling Our Money

One of the projects included in the 2012 Quality of life bond was a competition-sized swimming pool in West El Paso.  Originally the pool was going to cost $8 million and be completed in May 0f 2016.  Then, in January of this year, the budget was increased from $8 million to $13 million.  The reasons for the increase are a little unclear:  “The Parks and Recreation Director has said it’s because the City didn’t properly analyze the cost of the competition-style pool, underestimating the price tag. However, some city representatives say it was originally supposed to be a more basic design but the public started asking for more amenities increasing the price.” And where is the extra money coming from?  “The city had originally budgeted $8 million from the Quality of Life bond for the project. It’s still using that, plus $3.5 million, which is coming from two proposed westside parks – also quality of life bond projects – that are now on hold. And the city manager is going to try to find $1.8 either in savings from other projects or from Certificates of obligation, which is debt. The total price tag: $13.3 million.” (http://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso-city-council-approves-over-budget-west-side-pool/30670604).  Now we are hearing that the construction on the pool, which had its groundbreaking in May of this year, is being delayed.  “…a change in the city’s design and construction method will further delay construction of the 50-meter competition-sized swimming pool in west El Paso.”  with the new completion date of fall of 2017 (http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/City-of-El-Paso-changes-construction-method-for-westside-pool-completion-date-changes-233801.shtml#.VlHyXHarT3R).  We already addressed the issues with the Capital Improvements Department here, but now they are shifting funds from one project to support another!  Another example of how our elected officials are INCAPABLE of adequately managing city projects or our money.

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  1. I am still having trouble wrapping my head around the idea that any swimming pool should cost more than a few thousand dollars, let alone millions! How can they possibly spend even the original 8 million? Solid gold faucets? What, exactly, is going into this out of control project that could cost so much money???

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