De Pere voters to decide fate of two pools

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - De Pere voters will get to decide on the fate of two pools in the city.

On Tuesday, the Common Council voted in favor of putting a binding referendum on the November ballot.

In 2016, the council voted to close Legion Pool and VFW Pool and build a multi-million dollar aquatic center.

The Save the Legion Pool Committee has been fighting to keep the pools alive.

"There will be two pools. The community is going to vote in favor of having two pools," says Dan Van Straten of the Save the Legion Pool Committee. "Watching city council last night, I think they're really on board with this as well. So it's really exciting. It's completely changed from their original idea to where we are today."

The referendum will ask voters to increase the levy limit to $900,000 per year for 15 years.

For taxpayers, that's $45 extra per year for every $100,000 in property value.

Committee members say they are prepared to take part in fundraising to minimize the burden on taxpayers,

"$45 per year, per $100,000 is nothing to sneeze at, but we've worked really hard to have these facilities," says Betsy Hornseth, Save the Legion Pool Committee member. "As a mom of kids, I'd love to be able to drive my grandkids someday and say, 'you know we had a hand in saving this' and see the aquatic centers secured for future generations to come."