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Pool Membership Fees to Increase in 2012

Paying off debt service on a bond for improvements will necessitate as much as a 30% increase for family fees.

It may cost more to stay cool at the this coming summer.

At the Dec. 20 Township Committee meeting, Mayor Vic DeLuca updated Committee members on a pending need for increasing pool fees by as much as 30% to pay for

DeLuca noted that the bond counsel judged that the useful life of the more than $1 million project was 11 years, not 15, compressing the payments. The 2012 payment is projected to be about $160,000 ($30,000 in interest and $130,000 in principal).

"The Pool Advisory Committee recommends increasing the fee to cover the cost," said DeLuca. A 30% increase would bring the family fee from $315 to about $400. DeLuca said the Committee suggested that the fee increase should be less for seniors.

Since the pool — which is run as a separate authority — has excess membership capacity, DeLuca said that the Pool Advisory Committee recommended opening up membership to the five contiguous towns (Millburn, South Orange, Irvington, Union and Newark) at 150% of the fee for Maplewood residents. DeLuca said that the out-of-town membership would be capped at 100, and that Maplewood residents would always take priority.

"The idea is to see if we could create a market — a way to soften the blow to Maplewood residents," said DeLuca. In 2011, more than 2,100 families for a total of more than 7,000 individuals were members of the Maplewood Pool.

No action on the Committee's suggestions would be taken until February.

Dana Kasen Gilbert December 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Wonder if more people would join if the cost was reasonable per family. South Orange and Millburn have pools of their own why would you come to Maplewood. Who is coming in from Newark, Union and Irvington that is willing to pay $600. What world is the Advisory Committee living in? My husband I grew up in town and remember when there were so many members that you could not bring guests and there was a 2 year waiting list to join.
KSSR December 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Just add this to the long list of expenses going up under democrat rule here in Maplewood. Ever wonder if there is a correlation? Tax and spend is the norm here...
unleb December 23, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Ha, good one, Yogi!
Clark Starr December 23, 2011 at 04:10 PM
KS, if you, someone in the GOP, or anyone knows some accounting jedi-fu that could lower the expenses while maintaining the service, please articulate it for the rest of us.
KSSR December 23, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Obviously I can't do that Clark without seeing the pool books. My comment was more general, in relation to everything going up in price in Maplewood because of Tax and Spend Democrats. Here's the solution, stop promising things in exchange for votes. Families live within their means, Democrat-controlled municipalities need to learn to do the same.

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