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May 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Evergreen Pool closure

Budget stats smell fishy

I am a resident of the White Center/Burien area, and I would like to know the specifics of why Evergreen Pool is set to close [“Injured vets to lose rehab pool,” NWTuesday, May 19].

According to what I have read in The Times, it would cost another $92,472 to remain open for the rest of the year. Does that mean it costs $184,944 per year to operate? If Evergreen Pool is owned and operated by King county, where does all the money go?

My family and I pay admission, as do everyone else who uses the pool. What is the money being spent on? Do they change the water each night? How much does chlorine cost? The pool lifeguards are not driving Cadillacs.

Military vets, firefighters, elderly, disabled, children learning to swim –our entire community relies on Evergreen Pool.

King County budget stats smell fishy to me.

— Tom Nelligan, Burien

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