Pool shortage tops council debate
The use of contingency funds to offset a revenue shortage prompted an outcry over spending at Monday’s city council meeting.
During a report from the finance committee, Chairwoman Bonnie Wurst reported that the swimming pool fund was discussed at the committee’s Feb. 5 meeting, wherein a question arose on how the fund’s contingency was spent.
Further information was proved at the committee’s Feb. 12 meeting that explained that the contingency was used to make up a $64,000 shortfall in revenue.
First-Ward Councilman Jim Neumeier explained that normally, council would have a say in how funds are spent, but since council plugged in a contingency, they went ahead and used it.
At-Large Councilman Randy Fisher suggested that council allocate less money for the swimming pool in the future, so they will have to come back to council for more funding. Fisher also noted that revenue at the swimming pool is weather-dependent.
For the full story, see the Tuesday, Feb. 18 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.