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The Madras Aquatic Center (MAC) in Madras will be closed for the next month to save money.   It will reopen on May 2nd.  The move is an attempt to save $30,000. The Director of the Aquatics Center, Bobby Deroest  says currently the facility is facing a $70,000 budget shortfall: “By turning off the heat and pumps, we're hoping it's going to have a big impact on our bills, gas bills and electricity. We're hoping to save about $15,000.” The other $30,000 savings will come from the month long layoff of worker salaries. Long term, the pool board is looking at a tax to bring in more revenue to pay for the pool. Currently, about 27% of the Center's budget is paid for by a property tax levy and the rest, comes from memberships, swim lessons and other programs. The Board is considering whether to put such a tax questions on possibly this November or next May's ballot.

 

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